In Prison with Jodi Picoult

The author's 15th novel, Change of Heart, ponders capital punishment.

David Levenson

Jodi Picoult

Best-selling author Jodi Picoult often takes on moral quandaries in her work. Which is one of the reasons she sweet-talked her way onto Death Row. TIME caught up with her on the eve of her new book's release

TIME: One of the characters is a prisoner on death row. How did you study up on that?
Picoult: I sweet-talked my way to the death cells [at an Arizona prison]. Nobody I met on death row who works there believes in the death penalty. They all say it's their job.

TIME: How did that experience...

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