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Interior views of the Alcatraz Island.

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

Dec 3, 2020

By Matt Hadro

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’

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

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

Treat inmates with compassion, Pope Francis urges prison staff

Feb 7, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Dec 22, 2018

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

Mar 2, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

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

Rosary.

He overcame prison and drug addiction - thanks to the rosary

Oct 25, 2017

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

Sep 2, 2016

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

Mar 5, 2016

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