The Imprisoned Issue


Lori_Waselchuk_01Diego Zapata washes Richard Liggett’s face, who was fighting advanced liver and lung cancers—one of many examples of gentle care that photographer Lori Waselchuk witnessed in the volunteer prisoner-run hospice program at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. © Lori Waselchuk

Lori Waselchuk: “Grace Before Dying” For An Aging Prison Population


By Berette Macaulay

“Grace Before Dying” is a title most apt for Lori Waselchuk’s project that documents the volunteer prisoner-run hospice program in the Louisiana State Penitentiary (LSP) at Angola. That someone be there to comfort the imprisoned through the emotional, psychological, and moral vicissitudes of their last days would be a consolation most profound—especially when it comes from someone who knows precisely the demons they tackle.

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