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Inmates help other prisoners face death in hospice program

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio inmates who volunteer to help fellow prisoners face death say they see their job as a privilege that also helps them.
    
The offenders comfort the chronically ill or elderly in hospice rooms at the Franklin Medical Center in Columbus, where many dying prisoners end up.
    
Inmate Scott Abram says everyone is human regardless of his or her mistakes. Inmate Sheila Belknap calls it a privilege to be with dying inmates who don't want to face death alone.
    
Abram and Belknap are inmates trained in a religious counseling system called Stephen Ministries. They also work with sick or troubled inmates who might need comforting, help writing a letter or making a call.
    
Ohio hopes to expand the counseling program.

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