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Caring for the imprisoned has been an important part of Jesuit ministry from its beginnings. Our “Way of Proceeding” calls for us to read the signs of the time and respond. The United States accounts for just 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of the world’s incarcerated. Each year, more than 700,000 people are released from prison; one year later, 75% are still unemployed. However, research also shows that just some college education in a prison, recidivism is reduced by 43%. The Jesuit Prison Education Network is our response to those “signs” of our time.

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