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Angola Hospice Care Program (2009)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2009-12-04

Duration: 00:07:48

Subjects: Louisiana State Penitentiary | ANGOLA STATE PRISON | Prisons | PRISONERS | Hospice care | Quiltmakers | QUILTS


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • LaFleur, Donna Producer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Eschete, Melody Spragg Interviewee
  • Tyler, Gary Interviewee
  • Sharif-El, Harum Interviewee
  • Garner, Steven Interviewee
  • Zapata, Diego Interviewee


This segment from the December 4, 2009, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features producer Donna LaFleur’s report on the inmate hospice care program at Angola, the Louisiana State Penitentiary. She talks to Melody Spragg Eschete, the hospice coordinator at Angola, about the origins of the program. LaFleur also interviews four of the program’s inmate volunteers, Gary Tyler, Harun Sharif-El, Steven Garner, and Diego Zapata. They discuss their work in providing hospice care to their fellow inmates and their creation of quilts as a fundraiser for the program. This story also includes black and white photographs of the Angola Hospice program taken by photographer Lori Waselchuk. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford