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In some of her previous writings , Fish has noted that studies have demonstrated the high cost of continuing to incarcerate aging people, many of whom pose little to no threat to public safety after years behind bars. She wrote, quoting the American Civil Liberties Union , “States can implement mechanisms to determine which aging prisoners pose little safety risk and can be released.” She pointed to the Project for Older Prisoners , started in 1989, in which law students from Washington, .’s George Washington University Law School interview and evaluate prisoners over the age of 55 for risk of recidivism. If the risk is low, then the student helps them prepare a case for a parole hearing and helps locate housing and other re-entry support. The project covered five states—Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia—and the District of Columbia. Twelve years later, it had helped approximately 300 aging people who were released from prison without a single instance of recidivism.
Use of mirtazapine with antidepressants referred to as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) such as Parnate ( tranylcypromine ) and Nardil ( phenelzine ), is strongly prohibited due to the potential for high fever, muscle stiffness, sudden muscle spasms, rapid changes in heart rate and blood pressure, and the possibility of death. In fact, there should be a lapse of at least 14 days between taking an MAOI and mirtazapine.