Prejean, a Catholic nun, has written a moral indictment of capital punishment. This book is the result of her visits to two death-row inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary where she serves as a spiritual advisor. Although she documents the inequalities of the judicial system that has condemned these men, her main point is that if society is to inflict this extreme punishment, it should, itself, be perfect. Needless to say, it is not. Opponents of the death penalty will find reinforcement for their cause here. The general reader, however, will probably find the book too narrow in focus, too self-righteous. Prejean writes well, but her material will not attract the wide audience she wants.
Profoundly moving and insightful. Sister Prejean writes directly and honestly about the economic and societal costs of capital punishment, drawing from her own experiences as a spiritual advisor to a convicted killer on death row.
A sensitive and frank account of how a Roman Catholic nun ministered to a man on Death Row and became an ardent opponent of capital punishment, despite her sincere sympathy with the victims of the inmate. Later made into a film.
Very thoughful book on the death penalty in the US. It has enough supporting data (although that data is now a bit dated) to offer a really compelling argumement against capital punsishment. It is academic, but manages to also tell an interesting story.
In 1982 Sster Helen Prejean became the spirtual advisor to Patrick Sonnier the convicted killer of two teenagers who was sentenced to die in the electric chair of Louisana's Angola State Prison. I the nonths before Sonnier's death, the Nun came to know a man who was as terrified as he had once been terrifying.
The books makes some valid points about the Death Penalty in general, however it didn't change my opinion, I still support the Death Penalty.
The book presents plenty of reasons for abolishing the death penalty. Most important is realizing the dignity, granted by God, in every human being, and not snuffing out that spark. Unfortunately, I don't think Sister Helen Prejean did all that great a job of really showing the human face of either of the two men she helped through their last days.