PREJEAN CSJ., HELEN (1939- )
American author and a leading advocate for the abolition of the death penalty.
BOOK: The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions. Dedicated, signed and dated second impression; 2005; Random House, NY. Hardbound, original dustjacket. On the first free endpaper the author has penned: To Leslie, seek justice! Helen Prejean.
This opus is based on her experiences with two convicts on death row for whom she served as spiritual adviser before their executions. In her book, she explored the effects of the death penalty on everyone involved.
Sister Prejean founded the groups SURVIVE to help families of victims of murder and related crimes. She served as the National Chairperson of the Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (1993-95). She helped establish The Moratorium Campaign, seeking an end to executions and conducting education on the death penalty.