To bring the worldwide Church a greater awareness and sensitivity to the problems of people in prison, the Commission stimulates the creation and encourages the growth of Catholic prison chaplaincies all over the world. Together with the respective Episcopal Conference and the local Ordinary it offers the needed support.

As an NGO with “Special Consultative Status” the ICCPPC send representatives to the United Nations. There are also contacts to other movements and organisations who minister to people in prison.