A sheriff in Gasden County, Florida, inherited a community caught in a cycle of poverty, violence, and incarceration. He made an unusual decision and allowed churchgoers into the criminal justice system to help turn things around. Read it in The New York Times here: Gadsden Finds God.
Pope Francis’ messages to prisoners from Catholic News Service here.
Francis said, “We have already lost many decades thinking and believing that everything will be resolved by isolating, separating, incarcerating, and ridding ourselves of problems, believing that these policies really solve problems,” the pope continued. “We have forgotten to focus on what must truly be our concern: people’s lives; their lives, those of their families, and those who have suffered because of this cycle of violence.”