Press Release

Conference to address issues of aging prison population

WARREN, Maine — Attorneys, health care professionals, social workers, ethicists, chaplains, policy-makers, law enforcement /corrections staff, Hospice volunteers and others will gather on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Maine State Prison to listen and discuss some of the challenges and obstacles in caring for an aging, chronically ill prison population.

Ben Rich, a bioethicist and attorney from UC Davis; Dr. Laurel Coleman, Geriatrician, Palliative Care and Hospice physician; and Kristin Cloyes, Nurse Researcher, will share insight, vision and recommendations about ethical perspectives, evidence-based research; and models of best practice.

Remarks also will be provided by DOC Commissioner Joseph Ponte; Warden Patricia Barnhart; State Rep. Mark Dion; State Rep. Anne Haskell; Chaplain Walter Foster; Dr. Diane Schetky; social worker Andy Sokoloff, Kandyce Powell, executive rirector, Maine Hospice Council and MSP Hospice volunteers.

Soulful music will be provided by the MSP band, “The Sounds of Comfort.”

The Maine Department of Corrections will to host this event at the Maine State Prison as the nation faces a growing need to provide end of life care to those in prison. The staff at the Maine State Prison and the community agencies involved in this effort have built strong working collaboratives. One of the results of that work is an End of Life program at the Maine State Prison and the training of volunteer prisoners who are interested in providing companionship to their peers when the need arises.

The September conference is hosted by the Maine Hospice Council and Center for Life Care in partnership with the Maine State Prison and the Department of Corrections. Sponsors of the event include the Bingham Program, the ACLU, the Maine Gerontological Society and the Maine Health Care Association.

The event will be at the Visit Center, Maine State Prison, 807 Cushing Road, Warren Maine. Registration, directions and details of the conference are available by going to www.mainehospicecouncil.org. For more information, call 207-626-0651, or email lponto@mainehospicecouncil.org. Registrations must be received by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12. There will be no exceptions.

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