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

Organize an event with Sr. Helen

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Sr. Helen in a media scrum

“A major piece of art for justice!”

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.

Read Sister Helen's books

Dead Man Walking sparked the national conversation about the death penalty. Sister Helen’s latest book, River of Fire, tells her story of becoming an activist. Get her books.

Coping with challenging times

We live in turbulent times when assaults on human rights are public policy, when bigotry is encouraged by those who should provide moral leadership, and when the institutions that are supposed to offer protection are used to harm and enshrine injustice. Join our conversation on how to keep working for justice and a healthy, peaceful world when the odds look insurmountable.


My work with the Ministry Against the Death Penalty depends on contributions from people like you. You can help us to change hearts and minds throughout the country by supporting my 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.

Sister Helen's Justice Train Playlist

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

Pope Francis on the death penalty

Pope Francis is building on opposition to the death penalty. I’ve been glad to play a part in these developments.

Writing to someone in prison

Writing to someone in prison is a special gift for both of you, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. Here are some pointers.

I'm sociable!

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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