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CUA Law professor Cara Drinan, an expert on criminal justice reform, was quoted in an article from The New York Times regarding Pope Francis' declaration that the death penalty is wrong in all cases.

Pope Francis Declares Death Penalty Unacceptable in All Cases

By: Elisabetta Povoledo and Laurie Goodstein
Date: August 2, 2018
From: The New York Times 


Cara H. Drinan, a professor of law at Catholic University of America in Washington and an expert on criminal justice reform, said Catholics should be able to accept this development because it is “perfectly consistent with Catholic teaching on a consistent ethic of life.”

And yet, she said, there may be resistance.

“The land of the free has become the world’s biggest jailer,” Ms. Drinan said, “and even practicing Catholics have a hard time setting aside this knee-jerk reaction of ‘you do the crime, you do the time.’ It’s part of who we are.”

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Cara Drinan  

Professor Cara H. Drinan's
Areas of Expertise

Access to counsel

Indigent defense

Structural litigation


Death Penalty

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