Essential Pittsburgh
1:30 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

A Dialogue On The Death Penalty With Sister Helen Prejean

Sister Helen Prejean shares her experience working with inmates on death row
Credit Rodef Shalom Congregation

Sister Helen Prejean, has been an advocate for the abolishment of the death penalty, and a spiritual advisor for death row inmates and their families for decades.

Her bestselling book, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States inspired an Oscar nominated film of the same name. This week, Sister Helen comes to Pittsburgh's Rodef Shalom Congregation to speak about capital punishment and the nation's criminal justice system.

Since 1984, Sister Helen has divided her time between educating citizens about the death penalty and counseling individual death row prisoners. She has accompanied six men to their deaths and wrote her second book, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, in 2004. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the first book, Dead Man Walking.

Guest: Sister Helen Prejean