When Sister Helen Prejean became the spiritual adviser to death row inmate Patrick Sonnier in Louisiana, she began her journey as a long-time advocated for the incarcerated, and an educator about the death penalty. That experience was the basis of the best-selling book and award-winning film Dead Man Walking starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. Throughout her work with inmates, she’s also turned some of her focus to the treatment of exonerees and the wrongly accused, an issue we followed throughout the year as part of our series “The Exoneree Diaries” by Alison Flowers. Sister Helen Prejean shared details of the people she’s met through her work and began by telling us how she started her work with prisoners.
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