Academy Award-Nominated Documentary on Terminally Ill Inmate Screened at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY—The documentary “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” will be screened at Ithaca College on Tuesday, March 29. Free and open to the public, the 7 p.m. showing in Textor 102 will be followed by a discussion.

The film tells the story of Jack Hall, a terminally ill octogenarian sentenced to a life term in the Iowa State Penitentiary. The cameras go behind the prison walls to witness the last six months of Hall’s life and the creation of a hospice run by other inmates serving life sentences, delivering a poignant and no-nonsense look at the aging population in America’s prisons, and how one group helps the incarcerated die with dignity.

“Prison Terminal” was nominated for a 2014 Academy Award for best short subject documentary.

The screening is sponsored by the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute and Department of Philosophy and Religion. For more information, visit

The Documentary "Prison Terminal" will be shown at Ithaca College.