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SPJ Winner: Dying inmates in NY struggle to get home

This spring North Country Public Radio's news team has been honored with several awards for some of the work we've brought you over the past year. Much of that recognition has gone to our Prison Time Media Project, which over the year and a half has been looking in-depth at the growth of the prison industry here in our region, across New York and around the country.

Tonight in Washington DC, one pair of investigative reports from the Prison Time project will be honored by the Society of Professional Journalists. In her two-part series, Natasha Haverty looked at how the soaring numbers of men and women behind bars for low-level crimes over the past few decades have effected the life cycle--asking questions like, "what happens when a woman enters prison pregnant?" and "what systems are in place for when an inmate ages, or gets fatally ill?"

This morning, we'll revisit one of those reports, and learn how despite recent reforms to the system, many terminally ill inmates are forced to remain behind bars even when they no longer appear to be a threat to society. Even some prison officials think the process for allowing inmates to die at home needs fixing.  Go to full article
Walter Borden as Hoke & Nicola Lipman as Miss Daisy.  Photo: 1000 Islands Playhouse
Walter Borden as Hoke & Nicola Lipman as Miss Daisy. Photo: 1000 Islands Playhouse

Theatre Review: "Driving Miss Daisy" at the 1000 Islands Playhouse

Playwright Alfred Uhry is the only playwright to win the Triple Crown: an Oscar, a Tony, and a Pulitzer Prize. "Driving Miss Daisy" won two of the three - the Oscar and the Pulitzer. This touching comedy about an unlikely friendship is an audience favorite.  Go to full article
"Full Circle" founder Camilla Rockwell.  Photo: Camilla Rockwell
"Full Circle" founder Camilla Rockwell. Photo: Camilla Rockwell

Burlington festival to explore the art and heart of aging

Burlington filmmaker Camilla Rockwell says because people are living longer, it's important to investigate the creative potential of these extra decades.

Rockwell is the founder of "Full Circle," Vermont's first regional festival to celebrate the joys and opportunities of aging. She told Todd Moe that the festival, being held throughout downtown Burlington on the weekend of April 11-13 is designed to inspire curiosity, connect generations and spark conversations.  Go to full article
Last year, Canton-Potsdam Hospital purchased the assets of both E.J. Noble Hospital (pictured here) and Kinney nursing home. Now the nursing home's future is unclear. Photo: Sarah Harris
Last year, Canton-Potsdam Hospital purchased the assets of both E.J. Noble Hospital (pictured here) and Kinney nursing home. Now the nursing home's future is unclear. Photo: Sarah Harris

Gouverneur's Kinney Nursing Home may close

The state Department of Health is reviewing a plan to close Kinney Nursing Home.

Last December, Canton-Potsdam Hospital purchased the assets of both E.J. Noble Hospital and the nursing home, which had been operating a loss.

A new entity, Gouverneur Hospital, has emerged, and operations began last month, under a new parent organization, the St. Lawrence Health System. But the nursing home may not be part of the new organization's future.  Go to full article

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Prison hospital gate. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/atbaker/2948498050/">Adam Baker</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Prison hospital gate. Photo: Adam Baker, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

In final days, inmates care for inmates

Yesterday as part our Prison Time Media Project we heard the story of an inmate at Coxsackie prison, who fought to get home after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

It's a growing issue for America's huge prison system, as more inmates than ever are aging and dying behind bars.

Here in New York, hundreds of sick and dying inmates navigate the compassionate release system every year, but very few actually make it out of prison.

And for those inmates who die behind bars, prison officials offer them hospice care. As Natasha Haverty reports, those men and women are supported and comforted in their final days by fellow inmates.  Go to full article

Dying inmates in NY struggle to get home

This year, North Country Public Radio has been looking in-depth at the growth of the prison industry here in our region, across New York and around the country.

Over the last four decades, we've seen the number of men and women behind bars soar--many serving long mandatory sentences for low-level crimes.

And one side-effect of those tough-on-crime policies today is that the number of elderly inmates is surging--growing by almost eighty percent from 2000 through 2009.

Prison officials across the US are struggling to sort out what that means, how we think about and care for inmates who grow old and die in our prisons.

In part one of our investigative report, Natasha Haverty found that despite recent reforms to the system, many terminally ill inmates are forced to remain behind bars even when they no longer appear to be a threat to society. Even some prison officials think the process for allowing inmates to die at home needs fixing.  Go to full article
Residents at Horace Nye raised concerns about the sale of the nursing home. NCPR file photo
Residents at Horace Nye raised concerns about the sale of the nursing home. NCPR file photo

Money troubles send county nursing homes into private hands

The vast majority of the state's county-run nursing homes are losing money and facing a shaky financial future according to the findings of a new study by the Center for Governmental Research.

Essex County supervisors voted in June 2012 to sell the Horace Nye Nursing Home to a private corporation. In recent years six New York counties have sold or closed their nursing homes, and as costs continue to rise, many others are considering privatization as a solution. The new study finds mixed results after privatization.  Go to full article
The former Willsboro Central School, which was built in 1927 and closed in 2001, has been converted to the Champlain Valley Senior Community, a 63-bed assisted living facility for seniors that opened last month. Photo: Chris Knight, via <a href="http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/page/content.detail/id/537874/Converted-school-fills-void-for-seniors.html">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a><br />
The former Willsboro Central School, which was built in 1927 and closed in 2001, has been converted to the Champlain Valley Senior Community, a 63-bed assisted living facility for seniors that opened last month. Photo: Chris Knight, via Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Old Willsboro school reborn for seniors

The old community school in a small Essex County town has been renovated and converted into an assisted living center for senior citizens.

The Champlain Valley Senior Community opened last month in the former Willsboro Central School, which closed 12 years ago and sat abandoned for several years. Its owner and developer says the $6 million project will help fill a growing senior housing void in the region.  Go to full article
Myrtle Butterfield, with her great-granddaughter Jamie (left) and great-grandson Carter. All are attending SUNY Canton. Photo: Gregory Kie
Myrtle Butterfield, with her great-granddaughter Jamie (left) and great-grandson Carter. All are attending SUNY Canton. Photo: Gregory Kie

A new love of learning, at 83

A Canton great-grandmother will earn her associate degree from SUNY Canton in a few weeks, and says she wants to continue her higher education. 83-year-old Myrtle Butterfield is a liberal arts major who says age should never be a barrier to attending college.

Butterfield went straight from high school to marriage in the late 1940's and says she regretted not getting a college degree. This year, she's been taking classes alongside two of her great grandchildren, 65 years after graduating from high school.  Go to full article

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