Prison Terminal

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Prison Terminal is a moving cinema verité documentary that breaks through the walls of one of America’s oldest maximum security prisons to tell the story of the final months in the life of a terminally ill prisoner and the trained hospice volunteers—they themselves prisoners—who care for him.

The film draws from footage shot over a six-month period behind the walls of the Iowa State Penitentiary entering the personal lives of the prisoners as they build a prison-based, prisoner-staffed hospice program from the ground up.

Prison Terminal demonstrates the fragility, as well as the holistic benefits, of a prison-based, prisoner-staffed hospice program and provides a fascinatingand often poignant account of how the hospice experience can profoundly touch even the forsaken lives of the incarcerated.

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  1. Charles

    I was very touched by this trailer. And inspired by the brilliance of the idea of other inmates caring for fellow felons.
    It is also hard to think of a rehabilitation programme that could humanise/integrate more than this one. It
    contrasts blindingly with the UK’s churlish reluctance to give prisoners the vote.
    I wonder what the ‘elderly’ stats are for the UK prison population.

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