Pope Francis To Visit Philadelphia Prison During September U.S. Visit


Pope Francis will visit a Philadelphia prison during his United States visit on Sept. 27, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The Vatican didn’t give details of the visit, but the city says the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility is the largest jail in the city, serving as an intake center for adult males. About 30,000 men pass through the facility annually. It is named for Warden Patrick Curran and Deputy Warden Robert Fromhold, who were murdered at Holmesburg Prison on May 31, 1973.
Opening in 1995, Curran-Fromhold includes industrial shops, educational classrooms, and program areas. A bail commissioner, court staff, and public defenders are on site. All new inmates undergo an admissions and diagnostics process, which includes classification, orientation, a medical examination, issuance of an inmate handbook, clothing, and personal care items, and a social service assessment.

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