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Life In Prison: California Medical Facility

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Video published January 7, 2010 | Download MP4 | View transcript

Above: Aging, infirm and ill inmates are housed at California Medical Facility, a prison in Vacaville, California. It also has a hospice unit for terminally ill inmates.

— As part of our ongoing investigation into prisons, we spent a day at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, California. CMF is a prison that houses aging, infirm, and ill inmates. It also has a hospice unit for terminally ill inmates.

Aging inmates are among the fastest growing segments of the inmate population, according to government statistics. They also cost three times more than younger inmates because of age-related health care costs. Health care for inmates accounts for almost twenty percent of the state's total corrections budget.

The Project Envision documentary, "Life in Prison," will air Jan. 25 at 9 p. m. on KPBS Television.


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