The National Catholic Review

February 9, 2004

Vol. 190 No. 4Whole No. 4639


Mentally Ill Prisoners

Rampant mental illness in jails and prisons combines two forms of suffering for offenders: the illness itself and having to endure it behind bars. The sheer magnitude of the problem is shocking. Jails and prisons hold three times as many mentally ill people as mental health hospitals.


Books and Culture

Venerable Immigrant
Cyprian Davis

Pierre Toussaint was born a slave in Haiti on the Bérard plantation, known as L’Artibonite.

Where They Stand
Katarina M. Schuth

With clarity and candor, Dean Hoge, a professor in the department of sociology at The Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C.

Lovers in the Ruins
Richard A. Blake

Cold Mountain adds significance to its shopworn narrative with several brilliant scenes that have only marginal relation

Columns and Departments

The Word
Blessings and Curses

Dianne Bergant

Faith in Focus
A Catholic Among the Amish

Brian B. Pinter

Cherishing the Time of Our Lives

Ellen Rufft

Of Many Things
Of Many Things

George M. Anderson


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