Pope Francis Blast Supermax Prison as “Torture”
On Thursday October 23, Pope Francis said to the public that keeping inmates isolated in maximum security prisons is “a form of torture” and called life sentences “a hidden death penalty” that should be abolished along with capital punishment. Pope Francis noted the Vatican recently eliminated life imprisonment from its own penal code, though that move was largely symbolic. Many Christians and people of good will have come to terms of struggle on thinking if this statement was ethical or not. They do agree that the prison conditions should be improved, and have more advantages. Francis denounced practices that are widespread in many regions of the world, such as extrajudicial executions and detentions without trial, which he said account for more than half of all detentions in some countries. Francis also denounced corruption in penal systems and called it “an evil greater than sin”.
In addition to this Pope Francis said that isolation also known as “supermax” which is a form of torture to criminals. He believes it can lead them to serious risks such as depression, anxiety, paranoia, weight loss and a very high chance of suicide. Francis believes instead of focusing on capital punishment we should focus more on the economic and social inclusion for the inmates. Many people have seen this as a controversy because people who are in maximum security is not seen as form of torture, these people are far from criminals, these people are monsters. But many people agree that this is inhumane to keep people locked up with absolutely nothing for the rest of our lives.
It is inevitable that maximum security and capital punishment are part of our society. Being that humans are the way they are its in our nature. I am Catholic, and I do believe all people are good in one way or another, but to be locked up in maximum security you must have done something severely inhumane. On another note I do believe that capital punishment is wrong, I think someone who has murdered or committed a serious crime should stay in prison/maximum security for the rest of their lives and rot, and think about all the mistakes they have done. This has started a lot of talk in the media, since the public Christian figure: Pope Francis released this statement. Us as humans, have the desire to have freedom, free will, live the lives we want, but by doing something inhumane, and not getting punished as a result, the world would be in chaos.