SISTER HELEN PREJEAN
Author of _Dead Man Walking_ and _The Death of Innocents_
Leading death penalty abolitionist
Dead Man Walking: The Continuing Effort to Abolish the Death Penalty
"If we believe that murder is wrong and not admissible in our society, then it has to be wrong for everyone, not just individuals but governments as well." ~ Sister Helen Prejean
For over twenty years, Sister Helen Prejean, a Roman Catholic nun, has worked to educate the public about the death penalty. She has been spiritual adviser to eight death row inmates, turning her experience visiting one into the best-selling book _Dead Man Walking_. In 1995, the book was made into a film starring Susan Sarandon, winning the actress an Oscar for her performance.
"I'm more of a storyteller than a lecturer. So I bring people with me, in my experience -- somebody who knew nothing about the death penalty, who got involved with poor people in New Orleans and started writing to somebody on death row. Two and a half years later I am witnessing as the state of Louisiana pumps 1900 volts of electricity through his body and kills him. And I walk out of that execution chamber and I'm never the same again. And the realization that came to me was that people are never going to see this. Executions are a secret ritual, so people don't have any close-up experience and they never will. I help people navigate across the poles and I give them a few pertinent facts about how the death penalty is actually practiced." ~ Sister Helen Prejean
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Added by ppjc on November 3, 2008