Connecticut’s prison population is getting older, upping the demand for healthcare including hospice programs that serve inmates and ex-offenders.
This hour, we find out what it means to die with dignity behind bars.
We hear about a hospice program for prisoners at Osborn Correctional Institution in Somers, Connecticut, and the younger inmates who care for the dying.
We look to Louisiana to find out how that state cares for its aging population. And we hear about a nursing home in Rocky Hill, Connecticut that is getting attention beyond state lines.
But first, we learn about why a Medicaid program designed to help aging ex-offenders in their communities hangs in the balance in Washington.
What do you think should be the role of the state and federal government in caring for aging offenders?
- Adam Wisnieski - Freelance reporter for the Connecticut Health Investigative Team
- Maura Ewing - Freelance reporter, author of Narratively piece, The Prison Where Inmates Help Each Other Die With Dignity
- Kristin G. Cloyes - Nurse and Associate Professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing
Chion Wolf contributed to this show.