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Pope Francis gives his Angelus address on Oct. 3, 2021.

Pope Francis: Greatness is not found in self-sufficiency but in trust in the Lord

Oct 3, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said that recognizing one’s own frailty allows for the possibility to discover that true strength comes from placing... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience Sept. 5, 2018.

Pope Francis: Life imprisonment forgoes the ‘right to start over’

Sep 16, 2019

By Courtney Mares

In an audience with penitentiary staff and prison chaplains, Pope Francis said Saturday that sentencing prisoners to life imprisonment diminishes... Read more

Suicide rate in prisons raises alarm, calls for change

Jun 27, 2019

With suicide rates remaining high in the United States’ prison system, civil advocates are raising concerns regarding the treatment of... Read more

Faith leaders call for an end to solitary confinement

May 8, 2019

By Perry West

New York’s faith leaders gathered in protest of solitary confinement this week, pushing for a bill that seeks more humane... Read more

Legislation to restore inmates’ eligibility for Pell grants draws praise

Apr 15, 2019

A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress last week would allow inmates in federal and state prisons to be eligible for... Read more

With a lifelong Catholic at the helm, Oregon eyes prison reform

Apr 10, 2019

By Perry West

The head of the Oregon prison system is looking to make significant changes to the way the state views punishment,... Read more

Catholic groups support prison reform bill

Dec 14, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

Catholic groups expressed optimism at a criminal justice reform bill, as the “First Step Act”  legislation makes its way through... Read more

US bishops ask Senate to pass prison reform bill

Nov 28, 2018

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released a letter last week urging the Senate to pass the bipartisan First... Read more

Possible merging of sentencing reform with prison bill draws praise

Aug 7, 2018

The largest global Christian prison ministry is applauding reports that U.S. President Donald Trump has signaled a willingness to include... Read more


In the US, we're more likely to jail the mentally ill than get them help

Dec 29, 2017

By Matt Hadro

People with severe mental illness are much more likely to be incarcerated than treated for their disorders, say advocates, and... Read more

Why we should care about the spike in women prisoners

Jul 21, 2017

By Matt Hadro

While there is talk of criminal justice reform in the U.S., something must also be done about a decades-long spike... Read more

Ex-convict: We need to end the stigma against felons

Apr 3, 2017

By Matt Hadro

As Pope Francis and U.S. bishops insist upon helping ex-convicts re-enter society, advocates are pointing to a litany of obstacles... Read more

Call for prayers, reform follow deadly fire at Guatemala girls' shelter

Mar 10, 2017

There is mourning in Guatemala after at least 35 girls perished in a fire at a state-run home for youth,... Read more

Bishop offers prayers after Brazil prison riot leaves 56 dead

Jan 4, 2017

A local bishop called for prayer and prison reform efforts after a 17-hour prison uprising in the Amazon city of... Read more

Why there's a backlash against solitary confinement in US prisons

Dec 22, 2016

By Matt Hadro

Kalief Browder was 16 years old when he entered the notorious Rikers Island prison in New York, awaiting trial for... Read more

Cardinal Nichols reminds Catholics: prisoners are part of the Church too

Sep 6, 2016

Urging the Catholic Church to work for prison reform, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster stressed the need to ensure that... Read more

Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the Vatican on April 3, 2014 for an audience with Pope Francis.

How Catholic leaders are responding to the Queen's prison reform speech

May 25, 2016

The Catholic bishops of England and Wales are ready to support the government’s proposed prison reforms outlined in Queen Elizabeth... Read more

Criminal justice reform and the high cost of incarceration

Apr 26, 2016

By Matt Hadro

Experts from across the political spectrum are calling for criminal justice reform, as a new White House report shows the... Read more