Sister Helen Prejean to visit Annapolis

A Roman Catholic nun whose advocacy against capital punishment has made her a national figure will be in Annapolis today to lobby for repeal of Maryland’s death penalty.

Sister Helen Prejean will attend Gov. Martin O’Malley’s State of the State address and later meet individually with lawmakers considering whether to overturn the state’s 35-year-old death penalty law. O’Malley has called for ending capital punishment, which he has described as costly and an ineffective deterrent to crime.

Prejean rose to prominence after her work with death row inmates in New Orleans and her book “Dead Man Walking,” an autobiographical account of her relationship with a man facing the death penalty.

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