Pope Francis "weakened has been the debate on the substitution of imprisonment with other alternative penal sanctions"

On Thursday 23 October His Holiness Pope Francis received a high-level delegation of Board members of the five great scientific associations in the field of criminal law, criminology, and victimology. At this meeting participated the International Society for Criminology with is Secretary-General prof. Stephan Parmentier, partner of the “Reducing prison population: advanced tools of justice in Europe” project.

The Pope drew some important conclusions for criminal law and criminal justice. First, he strongly advocated the abolition of the death penalty and life-long imprisonment. Moreover, he severely criticised every form of cruelty, such as torture and solitary confinement as well as any kind of damage inflicted by situations of detention, and pleaded for improving the conditions of detention worldwide.

Read the Pope’s speech here.