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Catholic teaching offers a unique perspective on criminal justice ⁠— one that begins with a recognition of the God-given dignity of the human person.

This inalienable dignity applies equally to those who have suffered harm and to who have caused it.

The resources featured in this section of CMN's Respect Life Month Toolkit are designed to educate the Catholic faithful about the church's pro-life ethic and how it informs its opposition to the death penalty. They also aim to illuminate the systemic brokenness that permeates the U.S. criminal legal system, drawing on Scripture, Catholic social teaching, eye-opening statistics, and the lived experiences of those who have been impacted by the system of capital punishment.