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John T. Booth is a trial attorney with the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, a volunteer prison minister with Thrive For Life Prison Project in New York and a spiritual director at St. Francis Xavier parish in Manhattan. He lives in Jersey City, N.J.

Inmates share a meal at a spiritual retreat held by Thrive for Life at the Otisville Correctional Facility in Otisville, N.Y. (photo courtesy of Thrive for Life)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
John T. Booth
The paramount concern of all prisons is safety. This is understandable, but it still seems unfair when security eclipses the health and well-being of inmates, writes John T. Booth.