Dr. Karen Wyatt interviews Edgar Barens who is the director of the documentary film “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall.” The film focuses on hospice care being offered to a dying inmate at the Iowa State Penitentiary, where fellow inmates help provide care to the sick and dying. This film would be an excellent selection for a community-wide film series and discussion group.
In this interview you will learn about:
- the process of creating this film and what motivated Edgar Barens to take on such a project
- the aging prison population and the need for hospice care in prisons
- the prison hospice model and how it differs from traditional hospices
- the use of fellow prisoners as volunteer caregivers