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LOCAL PRISON CHAPLAIN SAYS POPE'S CLEMENCY CALL IS ABOUT REFORM
Fr Tony Pearson, a Catholic priest working with prisoners in South Australia, said the Pope's call for clemency was not a call to "go easy" on prisoners but a plea for a more constructive approach to the whole penal system.
    "What the Pope is saying is that while some form of punishment is important, that punishment needs to be constructive punishment so that prisoners can rehabilitate themselves to be able to make a positive contribution to society," Fr Pearson said.
    Meanwhile Associate Professor of Law and Criminology at the University of South Australia, Rick Sarre, has welcomed the Pope's statement as a timely and relevant message to policy makers. Sarre is a leading figure in the national push to refocus the justice system on rehabilitation rather than punishment of prisoners.
   
CathcommSA
   
11 July 00



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