MAY 28, 2015 - VIA CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
There but for the grace of God:
What Pope Francis thinks of prisoners
By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis seems to describe his life in the Vatican almost as if he were in prison -- at least as far as his freedom of movement goes. But that is not the first thing he cites when he talks about what he and prisoners have in common.
When visiting a prison, he said, "I think to myself, 'I, too, could be here.' That is, none of us can be sure that we would never commit a crime, something for which we'd be put in prison."
Pope Francis' comment to a reporter from a newspaper in Argentina in mid-May was just the most recent time he has spoken about how everyone makes mistakes, everyone sins, and if one's personal history and circumstances were different, he or she could be that convict.
"They haven't had the opportunities that I have had of not doing something stupid and ending up in prison," he told the newspaper, La Voz del Pueblo. "This makes me cry inside. It is deeply moving."
Continuing a practice he began as archbishop of Buenos Aires, the pope has spent plenty of time behind bars: He celebrated Holy Thursday Mass in a juvenile detention facility in 2013 and at Rome’s Rebibbia prison in 2015; he visited the Poggioreale prison outside Naples in March; and in the summer of 2014, visited inmates during trips to both Calabria and Isernia.
Even as pope, he continues to make a phone call every other Saturday to young inmates he used to visit regularly in a Buenos Aires prison.
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MAY 28, 2015 - VIA THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
Advocates seek to end solitary confinement options for young offenders
By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
Learn more about Senate Bill 124, as introduced by Sen. Mark Leno in this LA Times article, where JRJI board member and longtime juvenile hall chaplain Cheryl Bonacci is quoted.
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Take a ride with Fr. Michael Kennedy, SJ, the Executive Director of the Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative in Culver City, CA and learn the way JRJI operates in order to restore relationships broken as a result of gang violence and incarceration. Filmed by The Ignatian News Network (2012).