Nowhere in Straits Times’ article, that States Times Review quoted from, it was mentioned “elderly are turning to crimes to escape poverty in Singapore”.
Examples of the crimes committed by senior citizens span the whole range, from sexual offences to assault and money laundering, not really something to “just to get themselves into prison”.There are also drug offenders who have spent decades of their lives in and out of jail.
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/grab-bars-handrails-in-some-cells-as-number-of-elderly-prisoners-rises“Singapore’s population is ageing, and prisoners are no exception. There is no age limit to crime,” said veteran criminal lawyer Edmond Pereira.
In 2015, the SPS retrofitted 25 cells within the prison institutions to cater to inmates with mobility problems. Besides the elderly, such prisoners also include those who find it hard to get around because they have lost the use of their legs, for instance.