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Friday, December 2, 2011

Sister Helen Prejean on the death penalty: "The people know the thing doesn't work"

Posted by on Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 2:34 PM

People of Faith Against the Death Penalty kicked off a new campaign to abolish capital punishment in North Carolina today with a press conference featuring Sister Helen Prejean, renowned death penalty opponent and author of the very influential Dead Man Walking.

Our Triangulator blog carried a post yesterday about the PFADP effort. At the press conference, Sister Prejean was the first of numerous speakers and was brief but to the point: The death penalty is on its way out in the United States. She spoke for about 4:00.

(The video is a little shaky to begin with, but then I get a grip.)



Standing behind Sister Prejean are, from left: Rev. Lisa Fischbeck, rector of Episcopal Church of the Advocate, Chapel Hill; Rev. Frank Dew, a Presbyterian minister from Greensboro; Rev. Nancy Petty, pastor of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh; Pastor Alan Felton, Salem United Methodist Church in Oxford; Steve Dear, executive director, PFADP; Rev. Dr. William Haley, a Baptist minister from Youngsville; Father Minlib Dallh, of the Dominican Friars of Raleigh; and Steve Bass, interim director, Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation.

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It should be noted that, while 34 states continue to have capital punishment on the books, about half of the 34 have executed no one in recent years.

Just a handful of states— notably, Texas, Alabama and Ohio — use it with any regularity at all, according to Death Penalty Information Center data.

North Carolina hasn't executed anyone since August, 2006.

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