UW’s Innocence Project Northwest and The Graduate School co-sponsor Sister Helen Prejean for a discussion about our nation’s use of capital punishment
She became famous through the dramatic description of her spiritual journey with a Louisiana death row inmate in her 1993 book “Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States.” The woman, of course, is Sister Helen Prejean, a Roman Catholic nun of St. Joseph of Medaille, whose prison ministry began in 1981 when she dedicated her life to the poor of New Orleans. While living in the St. Thomas housing project, she became pen pals with Patrick Sonnier, the convicted killer of two teenagers, sentenced to die in the electric chair of Louisiana's Angola State Prison.
"Money and influence decide who is considered for a parole hearing, what the decision is likely to be and what the Governor's decision is likely to be. It is that, not your behavior in prison that decides your release."
On April 19, 2005, Sister Helen will be at the University of Washington to talk about her continuing campaign against capital punishment. Her visit includes an 11:30 a.m.
Q&A seminar with law students in the Toni Rembe Appellate Courtroom (133) and a public lecture in Kane Hall, room 130 at 7 p.m. Sister Helen is a self-described southern story teller, whose stories chronicle her unique and inspiring journey, and encourage listeners to evaluate the death penalty and come to their own conclusions.
The evening event is open to the public. Free tickets are required and are available at any University Book Store location.