10 Questions for Helen Prejean

The anti-death penalty nun speaks to TIME

Sister Helen Prejean's 1993 book against the death penalty, Dead Man Walking, became a movie and even an opera. At 65, she's only getting angrier. In The Death of Innocents, she escorts two men to their executions--and this time she's sure they are not guilty. Prejean spoke, barely pausing for breath, with TIME's Amanda Ripley about the Pope, politics and hypocrisy.

HOW MANY EXECUTIONS HAVE YOU WITNESSED? Six. The man I visit now on death row in Louisiana, Manuel Ortiz--I believe in his total and absolute innocence. So that would be the seventh, and three have ended up being people I...

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