Prisoners’ right to a dignified death

"Farewell to Hopper", a photograph by Lori Waselchuck, from her series of photographs from America's biggest prison.

“Farewell to Hopper” from Lori Waselchuck’s series of photographs from America’s biggest prison.

UK prisons ombudsman Nigel Newcomen says investigations have revealed that about 50 dying inmates were wrongly handcuffed or chained during their last days in hospital or hospice.  The Guardian reports that one terminal cancer patient died while handcuffed to a prison officer. Another prisoner remained chained while in a medically induced coma for four days. Read more.

Watch Angola Prison Hospice: Opening the Door, a video about the hospice programme inside America’s biggest prison, which tries to give dignity to dying prisoners. Inmate volunteers and family members of prisoner-patients speak about the impact the hospice has had on them. 

See more of Lori Waselchuck’s moving photos from the Angola hospice.

Read a New York Times article about another prison hospice in the New York state.

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