Sister Helen Prejean is known for her tireless work against the death penalty. After serving as spiritual advisor to several death row inmates, she wrote Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, intended to strip away the secrecy behind the death penalty in the U.S. The book ignited a national debate and inspired an Academy Award-winning movie, a play, and an opera. Sister Helen continues her work educating the public, campaigning against the death penalty, counseling individual death row prisoners, and working with murder victims’ family members. Her second book, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, was published in 2004; and her third book, River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey, was published in 2019.