Helen Prejean, C.S.J., is the author of Dead Man Walking, The Death of Innocents and River of Fire.
People hold signs during a candlelight prayer vigil Dec. 8, 2019, held to oppose the Trump administration's plan to reinstate the federal death penalty. (CNS photo/David Maung)
Politics & Society Last Take
Helen Prejean, C.S.J.July 15, 2020
What is the moral imperative behind the government’s urgency to hasten the death of its citizens?
Helen Prejean, C.S.J.January 09, 2013
Catholics now support the death penalty at a lower rate than the general population.
Helen Prejean, C.S.J.January 19, 2009
A group of contributors to America offer advice to Barack Obama as he begins his presidency
In All Things
Helen Prejean, C.S.J.January 25, 2008
This essay aired as a commentary on NPR Weekend Edition on Sunday January 6 I watch what I do to see what I really believe Belief and faith are not just words It s one thing for me to say I m a Christian but I have to embody what it means I have to live it So writing this essay and kn
Helen Prejean, C.S.J.March 14, 2005
What have you learned from the families of murder victims?Through my association with an anti-death penalty group, Murder Victims for Human Rights, I have learned how much the family members of murder victims feel manipulated by prosecutors in capital cases. If the family members are against the dea
Helen Prejean, C.S.J.July 02, 2001
I rsquo m always drawn to books that tell of people who step out of their comfort zones and live on the edgeespecially for the sake of the Gospel Spiritual passion is an amazing power and these stories of St Ignatius himself and his faithful sons in prison show that spiritual power at work We se