Mary Ann McGivern, a Sister of Loretto, works with people who have felony convictions and advocates for criminal justice. She lived at a Catholic Worker house for 28 years. She has been a public radio commentator and written plays and a cookbook. She lives in St. Louis.
Mary Ann McGivern
NCR Today: The sentences that come from mandatory minimums don't rehabilitate or prepare the person for work and family reunification. They just punish and punish and punish.
NCR Today: I have a meeting tomorrow with the chief of staff of the newly elected speaker of the Missouri House. What ideas for criminal justice reform have a chance?
NCR Today: The first recommendation for turning a New Year's resolution into a habit is to think big. Frame it as a theme for the year. So I'm resolving to be generous.
NCR Today: In May, delegates from Native American nations asked for a meeting with the Holy See to develop a process of retracting, removing, dismantling and rejecting all use of case law that relies on the Doctrine of Discovery.