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Pope Francis speaks out against life imprisonment

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Pope Francis considers life imprisonment to be a limitation of hope for a new beginning, as was announced by the head of the Roman Catholic Church on Saturday during a meeting with representatives of the penitentiary police.

“Life imprisonment does not offer a solution to problems, but represents a problem. Because you can’t be deprived of the right to a new beginning,” said the pontiff.

“Every society,” he continued, “is obliged to maintain hope and do everything so that punishment does not infringe on the right to hope and a new attempt at reconciliation.”

Francis also noted that “crowded prisons are becoming a source of anger,” not a “place of correction.”

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