Of all the timeless and timely issues Pope Francis plans to address during his visit to the United States, there’s one that could result in an actual political “deliverable” — criminal justice reform.
On a U.S. tour that begins next week, Francis is likely to bring up the subject of criminal justice reform during a speech to Congress — the first time a pope has addressed U.S. lawmakers in a joint meeting. The speech comes as senators are ironing out a bipartisan compromise to reform mandatory sentencing laws that have been blamed for swelling the U.S. prison population. Advocates hope Francis’ message of mercy will add moral momentum and overcome a summer crime wave and renewed tough-on-crime rhetoric from the GOP primary field that threatens to dampen support for the deal.
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