Catholic Social Thought and Criminal Justice Reform

Journal of Catholic Social Thought, Forthcoming

Boston College Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 476

14 Pages Posted: 9 Apr 2018  

R. Michael Cassidy

Boston College - Law School

Date Written: April 3, 2018

Abstract

Professor Cassidy examines the criminal justice reform movement in the United States through the lens of Catholic social thought. In particular, he focuses on God’s gift of redemption and the Gospels’ directives that we love one another and show mercy toward the poor, the oppressed and the imprisoned. Cassidy then examines the implications of these fundamental Catholic teachings for the modern debate about the death penalty, sentencing reform, prisoner reentry and parole.

Keywords: criminal law, sentencing, law and religion, philosophy of punishment

Suggested Citation

Cassidy, R. Michael, Catholic Social Thought and Criminal Justice Reform (April 3, 2018). Journal of Catholic Social Thought, Forthcoming; Boston College Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 476. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3155413

R. Michael Cassidy (Contact Author)

Boston College - Law School ( email )

885 Centre Street
Newton, MA 02459-1163
United States
617-552-4343 (Phone)

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