‘Dead Man Walking’ nun condemns federal executions

Sr Helen Prejean at a 2016 rally against the death penalty in Anaheim, California (CNS/JD Long-Garcia, The Tidings)

As federal executions resume in the United States, anti-death penalty activist Sr Helen Prejean says it is time to end the suffering. Source: Vatican News.

The US Justice Department has set execution dates for two prisoners in late August. Three other people were executed over the course of four days in July after the US Supreme Court cleared the way for federal executions after a 17-year moratorium.

This is more than the US has put to death in half a century.

Sr Helen Prejean CSJ has dedicated her life and ministry to the fight for justice for the men she continues to accompany in death row and to changing hearts and minds in the struggle against capital punishment.

Internationally known for her best-selling book that became an Oscar-winning film, Dead Man Walking, Sr Helen told Vatican News that injustice is deeply embedded in the US judicial system.

The fact, Sr Helen, says, that the Supreme Court’s decision to resume federal executions at a time in which people around the country are demanding justice, equality and accountability, highlights the intrinsic injustice in the system.

Sr Helen said the resumption of federal executions reveals the “deep weakness” in the application of the death penalty because it rests on a prosecutor to determine that he or she is “going to seek death, and to seek it relentlessly”.


‘Dead Man Walking’ nun deplores resumption of US federal executions (By Linda Bordoni, Vatican News

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