Humane Prison Hospice Project is developing a humanitarian, cost-effective and restorative justice solution to ensure that those aging and dying in prison receive compassionate care.
In the summer of 2022, Sandra Fish, co-founder of Humane Prison Hospice Project and death row advocate, carried out the last wishes of condemned prisoner Harvey Lee Heishman, scattering his ashes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The experience of working with Lee for two years and overseeing his final journey gave her cause to reflect on the circumstances of his life. In her remembrance piece, Fish asks: “If we can’t acknowledge redemption — what’s the point?” Learn more >>
“Before my cellmate of five years passed, he begged me to take care of him. So I did. I fed him. I cleaned him up. When he had to go to the hospital, he fought them. He wanted to come back. Him dying made me want to change. He was my friend. The person who took care of him, that was a good part of me.”
– Lenny, a Brothers Keeper, trained in end of life care by Humane Prison Hospice Project team