Religion: Church & Jail

A frequent question to Roman Catholic churchmen is: why so great a proportion of Catholics in prison populations? In last week's issue of The Commonweal, urbane Catholic weekly, was a reply by Father John P. McCaffrey, Roman Catholic chap lain at Sing Sing. Chief point: prison populations mirror the localities upon which they draw. Father McCaffrey demonstrates by a section in Massachusetts, as follows:

Religion Reformatory Population General Population Catholic 66.3% 66.4% Protestant 28.6 25.6 Jewish 3.9 6.7 Others 1.2 1.7

A survey of Missouri and Michigan State Prisons showed...

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