Sister Helen Prejean 

Talking about life, death and a burning passion for justice

Sister Helen Prejean

Talking about life, death and a burning passion for justice

The death penalty is one of the great moral issues facing our country, yet most people rarely think about it and very few of us take the time to delve deeply enough into this issue to be able to make an informed decision about it.

This website is my invitation to you to take that time, to learn, to explore and to reflect.

Sr Helen Prejean, csj

Sr. Helen's books

Read Sister Helen's books

Dead Man Walking sparked a national conversation about the death penalty. The Death of Innocents showed how deeply flawed the death penalty continues to be. River of Fire tells the story of how Sr. Helen became an activist. Get the books.

Organize an event with Sr. Helen

Would you like Sister Helen to speak at your event? She’s available for virtual classes and meetings, and extended ‘Zoom Modules’ built around the reading of one of her books, with extensive, guided participation from attendees. Get started with our speaking request form.


Sr. Helen’s work with the Ministry Against the Death Penalty depends on contributions from people like you. You can help us to change hearts and minds by supporting Sr. Helen’s talks and boosting our social media campaigns that provide a voice for people on death row, for their families and for the families of victims, who all suffer through the death penalty.

Sr. Helen in a media scrum

Watch ‘SISTER’

SISTER chronicles the life and work of Sister Helen Prejean and examines the evolving role of nuns in the 21st Century. The full 90-minute director’s cut is now available online and as a free download. Get your friends, workmates, congregation or classmates together and have a watch party.

Sister Helen's Justice Train Playlist

Music has always played an important role in the struggle for justice. We invite you to share the music that keeps your spirits up in tough and challenging times. Music that reminds us what we’re struggling for; that bolsters us when times are tough; that reminds us of our own power; that connects us through our common humanity. Get on board the Justice Train!

Writing to someone in prison

Writing to someone in prison is a special gift for both of you, but particularly for the one who is incarcerated. So many people in prison, especially those on death row, have little or no contact with people on the outside, so receiving a personal letter is something to treasure. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. Here are some pointers.

Pope Francis on the death penalty

Pope Francis is building on opposition to the death penalty. Sister Helen has played a part in these developments.

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Please join me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. They’re great places to stay up to date and converse with justice loving types.

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