Pope opposes life sentence as it “infringes the right to hope”
Francis has talked with representatives of the penitentiary police.
During a meeting with representatives of the penitentiary police, Pope Francis spoke about life imprisonment. He believes that it deprives a person of hope and the right to start all over again.
“For punishment to be fruitful, it must have a horizon of hope, otherwise it remains an instrument of torture,” the Pontiff said. According to him, society is obliged to maintain hope and do everything so that punishment does not infringe the right to hope and a new attempt at reconciliation.
Francis pointed out that crowded prisons are becoming a source of anger. He believes that they cease to be a “place of correction.”
To recall, in Russia, a life sentence was introduced in 1960.
Internet users wondered whether Francis knows about The Bitsa Park Maniac.
Alexander Pichushkin is one of those currently serving life sentence. He is a serial killer known as The Bitsa Park Maniac. In the period from 2001 to 2006, he killed 48 people; 3 people managed to survive after an attack in the Bitsa park in Moscow. He was sentenced in October 2007.
Nikolay Chigirinsky from Pervouralsk must also spend the rest of his days in prison. He is a Russian serial killer, rapist and pedophile. He committed his first crime on July 3, 2005, when he met 8-year-old Anya Rogozina. He took her to the woods, raped and strangled her. Then he raped her dead body again and buried it. The next year, he returned to the scene of the crime, dug up the body, and beheaded it. After that, he raped and killed two more girls.
Serial killer and rapist Sergey Shipilov from Arkhangelsk also received a life sentence for 14 murders and 9 rapes in the city of Velsk.