LORI WASELCHUK: Grace Before Dying
Angola Prison Hospice Project, Louisiana. These poignant photographs explore the last days of terminally ill prisoners and the remarkably humane care given by prison Volunteers.
A life sentence in Louisiana means life. More than 85 percent of the 5,100 prisoners at Angola are expected to die there. Until the hospice program was created in 1998, prisoners died mostly alone and unattended in the prison hospital. Their bodies were buried in shoddy boxes in unmarked graves at Point Lookout, the prison cemetery. Angola inmates have long feared dying in prison. But a nationally recognized hospice program has changed that.
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