- Category : 1939-births
- Type : GP
- Profile : 5/1 - Heretical / Investigator
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Wishes 1
American nun who has fought to eliminate the death penalty in the US. She joined the religious order, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille, when she was 18 years old. She subsequently earned her bachelor's degree from St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans, and a master's in religious education from St. Paul's University in Ottawa, Canada.
She spent most of her working life as a teacher and educator in New Orleans where she became intimately familiar with the problems of inner city residents. In 1981, she began counseling death row inmates in the Louisiana State Penitentiary and became their advocate, championing the abolition of the death penalty. She has accompanied prisoners to the death chamber, has lectured and written articles and a book, "Dead Man Walking" (1993) which became a powerful movie starring Susan Sarandon as Sister Prejean and Sean Penn as the inmate condemned to die. In addition to her work with prisoners, Sister Prejean counsels families of murder victims and was a co-founder of "Survive," a victims' advocacy group in New Orleans.
For her work, she has received many awards, including an honorary degree from Georgetown University, and the Laetare Medal from Notre Dame University as well media attention.