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Q: Is there a cut off age for inmates being required to work in Louisiana prison? My father is 82 years old. 100% disabled

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A: In Louisiana, there is no specific age cutoff for inmate labor requirements in prisons. However, the health and physical capabilities of an inmate are significant factors in determining their work assignments. Given your father's age and 100% disability status, these should be taken into account by the prison administration.

Prisons are required to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ensuring reasonable accommodations for inmates with disabilities. This means that if your father's disability impedes his ability to work, the prison should make the necessary accommodations, which might include exemption from work or assignment to tasks that are within his physical capabilities.

If you believe that your father is being required to work in a manner that is inappropriate given his age and disability, you may consider raising this issue with prison authorities. If necessary, legal action can be taken to ensure that his rights under the ADA and other applicable laws are respected. It's important that his health and well-being are prioritized in line with legal requirements.

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