What do prison rates have to do with Catholic teaching? A bishop reflects.

The United States has only 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of the world’s prisoners.  The United States has the highest rate of incarceration in the world, fully 50% higher than the second highest (Russia).  What are the implications of this for us as Catholics?  The auxiliary bishop of Baltimore, Bishop Denis J. Madden, reflects on this here: http://americamagazine.org/issue/prison-addiction