Click the link below to download this Statement of Solidarity: A Catholic Response to COVID-19 Behind Bars, released by Catholic Mobilizing Network and partnering national Catholic organizations on May 19, 2020.
The impacts of the coronavirus pandemic for those living and working in jails, prisons, and detention centers are severe. Reports show more than 25,000 people inside have tested positive for the virus; hundreds have died.
As Catholics, we are called to respect the dignity of all human life—regardless of the harm one has suffered or caused. While CMN remains steadfast in its mission to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice, we recognize that we cannot simply stand by when experiencing COVID-19 behind bars could, for some, mean a de facto death sentence.