Pope Francis blesses a prisoner as he visits the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia Sept. 27. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-PRISON Sept. 27, 2015.

An Incarceration Forum will be held 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturday, August 19, at St. Louis University’s Il Monastero, 3050 Olive Street In St. Louis. This event, which has been planned by criminal justice ministers in the St. Louis Archdiocese and the Belleville Diocese, is timed to coincide with the opening of the annual Congress of the American Correctional Association (August 18-22)—a large national organization for the prison “industry” that is heavily influenced by for-profit corporate interests. The Forum will address various aspects of mass incarceration in the United States and seek to highlight solutions consistent with the social justice teachings of the Church.

Discussion Topics:

  • School to Prison Pipeline
  • Race/Poverty/Sentencing
  • Health/Mental Health
  • Employment Post-Release

Join us for the Panel Discussion, Breakout Sessions, Group Summaries and Conclusion.

There is no charge, and lunch will be provided. To register and reserve a place, call 314-881-6013 or visit www.cjmstlouis.org.