According to The Huffington Post, Pope Francis met with about 100 prisoners in Philadelphia on his final day in the United States. The pope spoke at Curran-Fromhold correctional facility and called for rehabilitation “which benefits and elevates the morale of the entire community.”
He encouraged society to “create new opportunities: for inmates, for their families, for correctional authorities, and for society as a whole."
The pope said that punishment is often just and necessary but should never exclude hope. He said it is “painful when we see prison systems, which are not concerned to care for wounds, to soothe pain, to offer new possibilities. It is painful when we see people who think that only others need to be cleansed, purified, and do not recognize that their weariness, pain and wounds are also the weariness, pain and wounds of society."