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 & Society Short Take
John T. BoothMay 31, 2019
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.