The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions

The Death of Innocents The Death of Innocents Vintage

Sister Helen Prejean

Vintage, 2006


In her second book, first published in 2005, Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, takes on the primary issue with the death penalty: innocent people are convicted and executed.

Readers are brought into the compelling and tragic situations of two men who are tried and convicted for murders they did not commit and into legal circumstances of appalling miscarriages of justice and the law. Prejean follows them as spiritual adviser to the death chamber.  She discusses the history of the courts dealing with the death penalty and the appeals of the condemned and shameful issue of innocent persons being killed by the state.  It's required reading for anyone who wants to know what the criminal justice system is like for the underprivileged and disenfranchised in this country.


“Luminous, undecorated, angry and very moving. . . . [It] tests our conception of human decency.” –The New York Times Book Review

“A stunning work of conscience, told with restrained outrage, a sharp eye for the absurd, and an unshakeable belief in the dignity of all humans.” –The San Diego Union-Tribune

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