Supporting the living wage being established as the minimum wage—based on the economics of each region rather than a hard number—is a sound strategy, which, not only helps recently released prisoners, but also can contribute to the economy by increasing the number of households that will be created because individuals would be able to pay prevailing rents, whereas those working on minimum wages as now established, cannot.

The vastly increased number of households would all be buying goods to furnish their new homes and the economy would benefit.

The Catholic position can be accessed in this two page statement from the USCCB,
http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/labor-employment/upload/minimum-wage-backgrounder-2014-01.pdf and from this 40 slide power point presentation at http://www.usccb.org/about/justice-peace-and-human-development/catholic-social-ministry-gathering/upload/csmg-naughton-keynote-2014-02-03.pdf