- Apr 9, 2021
“The Prison Within” had its premiere last year in California at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, where it won the award for best social justice documentary.
The women housed at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in Clinton, the only women’s prison in the state of New Jersey, seem to have the cards stacked against them.
After Brazil’s prisons imposed restrictive measures to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, complaints of torture in correctional facilities increased by 70 percent, according to the nation’s bishops.
Many impacted by pandemic restrictions may feel imprisoned, but Texas prisons and halfway houses are truly locked down as COVID-19-related deaths have risen.
Incarceration is “a central moral challenge of our time,” said Danielle Sered, the founding director of the restorative justice organization Common Justice.
Sister Elaine Roulet, a Sister of St. Joseph of Brentwood who was an acknowledged pioneer in women’s prison ministry, died Aug. 13 of heart failure at the order’s Stella Maris Convent in Queens. She was 89 and had been in religious life for 71 years.
Prison chaplains are seeking new methods of ministry during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ignoring early warnings and pleas from bishops’ commissions for prison ministry, countries across Latin America are seeing rising COVID-19 infection rates and deaths among inmates in their generally overcrowded prisons.