When Pope Francis comes to Washington this month, he will give a voice to the many disadvantaged, poor and incarcerated individuals who often struggle to be heard. His Holiness will no doubt repeat his message of equality and fairness: “God is in everyone’s life. Even if the life of a person has been a disaster, even if it is destroyed by vices, drugs or anything else — God is in this person’s life.”
The Catholic faith teaches us that all people deserve mercy and justice. Our American values call upon us to support equality and second chances. Together, these fundamental principles can inform how we respond to the most pressing issues for our country. One of those critical issues is the growing crisis in our criminal justice system.