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Interior views of the Alcatraz Island.

Should prisoners be first, or last in line for COVID vaccine?

As public officials debate whether prison populations should be among the first or last to receive a COVID vaccine, ethicists... Read more

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

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

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

Pope Francis speaks with personnel from the “Regina Coeli” prison Feb. 7, 2019.

Treat inmates with compassion, Pope Francis urges prison staff

Often spaces of suffering, prisons should be places of hope and the possibility of redemption, Pope Francis told prison personnel... Read more

Inmates construct confessionals for the 2019 World Youth Day.

Inmates building 250 confessionals for 2019 World Youth Day

Inmates from La Joya and Nueva Joya prisons have begun the construction of 250 confessionals to be used in the... Read more

Pope Francis at Leda’s House on March 2, 2018.

Pope Francis makes surprise visit to mothers, children at detention home

On Friday, Pope Francis continued his surprise “Mercy Friday” initiative with a visit to a home that keeps children with... Read more

Prison.

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

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

Rosary.

He overcame prison and drug addiction - thanks to the rosary

A life of crime and drug addiction landed Khristian Briones, 39, in prison for ten years. During that time, he paid... Read more

Missionaries of Charity at a prison in Rome. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Mother Teresa once made an incognito visit to a prison in Rome

Twenty-two years ago, Mother Teresa of Calcutta quietly visited the Regina Coeli prison in Rome, and now, just days before... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square, Dec. 16, 2015.

How Pope Francis changed the life of a California teen inmate

When a juvenile inmate in a California prison wrote to Pope Francis, he did not expect a response.   Read more