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.
Politics & SocietyShort Take
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.