Welcome opera goers!

Music moves us in special ways and I am eternally grateful to Jake Heggie and Terrance McNally for crafting such a powerful and moving opera from my book, Dead Man Walking.

In each of its forms - book, movie, play, opera and (soon) graphic novel - Dead Man Walking has introduced audiences to the death penalty, one of the great moral issues facing our country. Most people rarely take time to think about this fundamental human right and very few of us take the time to delve deeply enough into the 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.

Sister Helen Prejean csj


Dead Man Walking cover

Read Sr. Helen's books

Sister Helen has written three books - Dead Man Walking, The Death of Innocents, and River of Fire. She is currently working on her fourth book, Beneath Our Dignity.

Sr. Helen icon (adapted from photo by Cheryl Gerber)

Learn more about Sr. Helen

Sr. Helen began visiting people on death row in 1982 and, since then, she has been working to end the death penalty. Learn more about her life and work.



Please consider a donation to the Ministry Against the Death Penalty to help our work to end the death penalty.