- Feb 16, 2020
Bishop Bill Wack believes the new film Just Mercy “puts a human face” on the crisis facing America’s prison population.
Visiting the imprisoned is an act of mercy that has implications for all Christians and not just those involved in prison ministry, Pope Francis said.
New York’s Cardinal Dolan joined with city religious leaders to call for the closing of one of the nation’s most notorious prisons.
Sentencing someone to life in prison without the possibility of parole is “not the solution to problems, but a problem to solve,” Pope Francis told Italian prison guards, prison chaplains and officials from the Ministry of Justice.
Solitary confinement is in widespread use in prisons across the United States and, in New York state alone, more than 3,000 inmates are isolated in 6-by-10 cells for over 23 hours a day.
Prisons should be places where punishment is the absence of freedom and community, but where “everything else models life on the outside to every degree possible” and prisoners are treated with dignity, according to the director of the Oregon Department of Corrections.