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Pope Declares Death Penalty Inadmissible in All Cases

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ROME — Pope Francis has declared the death penalty inadmissible in all cases because it is “an attack” on the “dignity of the person,” the Vatican announced on Thursday, in a definitive shift in Roman Catholic teaching that could put enormous pressure on lawmakers and politicians around the world.
Francis, who has spoken out against capital punishment before — including in 2015 in an address to Congress — added the change to the Catechism, the collection of beliefs for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
The revision says the church would work “with determination” for the abolition of capital punishment worldwide.
“I think this will be a big deal for the future of the death penalty in the world,” said John Thavis, a Vatican expert and author. “People who work with prisoners on death row will be thrilled, and I think this will become a banner social justice issue for the church,” he added.
Sergio D’Elia, the secretary of Hands Off Cain, an association that works to abolish capital puni…

Photos of maximum-security prisons in Norway and the US reveal the extremes of prison life

US Administrative Security Facility, or ADX Florence, in Florence, Colorado.
US Administrative Security Facility, or ADX Florence, in Florence, Colorado.
Inside the walls of the toughest prison in the US, a fork is a deadly weapon. Inside the walls of Norway's toughest prison, a fork is, well ... a fork.

The differences extend far past silverware. In just about every way, the approaches that the US and Norway take to criminal justice fall on opposite ends of the spectrum.

While the US uses isolation to punish offenders and keep them away from civil society, Norway prefers to rehabilitate its inmates so they can return to the outside world — there are no life sentences.

No two prisons make that difference more clear than the super-max Administrative Security Facility, or ADX Florence, in Florence, Colorado and Halden Prison, in Halden, Norway.

Not all US prisons are as strict as ADX, and while Halden is technically maximum-security, it's still closer to the rule than the exception in Norway. Here's what life is like at both extremes.



Exercise cages, ADX Florence, Colorado
Exercise cages, ADX Florence, Colorado


Solitary Housing Unit (SHU), ADX Florence. No contact with other inmates.
Solitary Housing Unit (SHU), ADX Florence.
No contact with other inmates.


Solitary Housing Unit (SHU), ADX Florence. Inmates spend 23 hours a day locked up, alone.
Solitary Housing Unit (SHU), ADX Florence.
Inmates spend 23 hours a day locked up, alone.


Halden Prison, Norway. Cells look  like College dorm bedrooms.
Halden Prison, Norway. Cells look like College dorm bedrooms.


Halden Prison, Norway. A rec room allows inmates to socialize
Halden Prison, Norway. A recreation room allows inmates to socialize.


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Source: Business Insider, Chris Weller, February 5, 2017

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