Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States Setting & Symbolism

Helen Prejean
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The Prison Coalition

Represented by Chava Colon at the beginning of the story, this is an organization that provides support and services to prisoners.

St. Thomas

A housing project in New Orleans where Helen works at the time she becomes Patrick's spiritual advisor.

New Orleans

Where Sister Helen works with the poor prior to becoming involved with the death penalty.

Hope House

Where Sister Helen teaches adult education.

St. Martinville

Where Patrick's mother lives.

Baton Rogue

Where Helen's mother lives.

Louisiana State Penitentiary

Where Patrick Sonnier is being held for murder pending his execution.

Gruesome Gerty

The nickname given to the electric chair.

Death House

The name given to the building where inmates are held in the days prior to execution.

Covington

Where Robert Willie's family lives and where he was to be buried.

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