Source: (2002) A pastoral statement by the Catholic Bishops of Louisiana. January 2002.

This pastoral statement by the bishops of the Louisiana Catholic Conference is intended to inspire mercy in the administration of justice, particularly in Louisiana. In many ways, it stems from and extends a recent pastoral statement of the United States Catholic bishops on criminal justice: Responsibility, Rehabilitation and Restoration: A Catholic Perspective on Crime and Punishment. This statement from the Louisiana bishops discusses the situation with respect to crime and punishment in Louisiana, restorative justice, restorative justice and capital punishment, certain proposals toward a restorative public policy, and the church’s role in restorative justice.

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