"Sister Helen Prejean's passion to end the death penalty is a challenge to others," is the New Orleans Times-Picayune profile written by Sheila Stroup. It's available in a slightly abbreviated version, "After 2 decades, nun's crusade continues," via AP and NECN. Here's the beginning:
For two decades, Sister Helen Prejean has traveled around the country and the world, speaking out against capital punishment. She tells audiences about being a spiritual adviser to inmates on death row and talks about what it means to accompany a man to his death. She tells of meeting the families of the doomed men and the families of their victims. She talks about how the court system works, and how it doesn’t. She speaks of forgiveness.
She calls her passion to end the death penalty “a journey that’s still happening.”
During an interview many years ago, she took me back to the beginning of that journey, when her audiences were considerably smaller than they are now. “I had my smallest crowd right here in New Orleans, at the St. Christopher Home,” she said. “Three people showed up, and two of them nodded off.”
That was before her book “Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States,” was published in 1993, and before Susan Sarandon won an Oscar portraying her in the movie.Since then, Sister Helen has given hundreds and hundreds of talks and filled countless auditoriums. She wrote a second book, “The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions,” which came out in 2004.