Helen Prejean


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Sister Helen Prejean (b. April 21, 1939, Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is a Roman Catholic religious sister, a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph, who has become a leading American advocate for the abolition of the death penalty.

Her efforts began in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1981. In 1982 an acquaintance asked her to correspond with convicted murderer Elmo Patrick Sonnier, located in ... more »

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  • ''... people are more than the worst thing they have ever done in their lives.''
    Helen Prejean (b. 1940), U.S. nun and activist against the death penalty. As quoted in the New York Times Magazine, p. 31 (May 9, 1993). Explainin...
  • ''The important thing is that when you come to understand something you act on it, no matter how small that act is. Eventually it will take you where you need to go.''
    Helen Prejean (b. 1940), U.S. nun and activist against the death penalty. As quoted in the New York Times Magazine, p. 31 (May 9, 1993). On her ev...
  • ''... 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.''
    Helen Prejean (b. 1940), U.S. nun and activist against the death penalty. Dead Man Walking, ch. 6 (1993).
  • ''Allowing our government to kill citizens compromises the deepest moral values upon which this country was conceived: the inviolable dignity of human persons.''
    Helen Prejean (b. 1940), U.S. nun and activist against the death penalty. Dead Man Walking, ch. 9 (1993).
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