Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States

Dead Man Walking Dead Man Walking Knopf Doubleday

Sister Helen Prejean

Knopf Doubleday, 1994


The bestselling 1993 book by Roman Catholic sister Prejean which is the account of her life-changing relationship with two men on death row in Louisiana.

She tells about her role as their spiritual advisers, hearing about their lives, their crimes, and witnessing both men's executions. In that experience, Prejean sees the criminal legal system firsthand: the complexities and inequities of enacting justice, and becomes an active opponent of the death penalty.  Hers is a remarkable story of commitment to life and to the teachings of Jesus Christ.


"Deeply moving...Sister Prejean is an excellent writer, direct and honest and unsentimental; her accounts of crime and punishment are gripping, and her argument is persuasive.... She almost palpably extends a hand to her readers." -The New York Times Book Review

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