NJADP Director Applauds Story
Thank you for your front-page story (The Catholic Advocate, Nov. 21) on Sister Helen Prejean's recent trip to New Jersey. As you note, her visit comes at a time when the New Jersey Legislature is considering a bill that would replace the death penalty with the strong and more certain punishment of life without any possibility of parole.
In her talk, Sister Helen mentioned Lorry Post, the founder of New Jerseyans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (NJADP; Web site: www.njadp.org) and his extraordinary work to end capital punishment since the loss of his beautiful daughter to murder.
Thanks in large part to Post's generosity of spirit and willingness to share his personal story, and to the very public discussion that our state has been having over the last few years about New Jersey's failed death penalty system, more and more family members of murder victims have begun to speak out against executions.
(Editor's note: Readers can visit the NJADP's Web site and the Web site of the New Jersey Catholic Conference (www.njcathconf.com) for additional information. At press time Gov. Jon S. Corzine was expected to sign into law a bill abolishing capital punishment and replacing it with life in prison without the possibility of parole. The State Senate and Assembly last week approved the legislation, moving it to the governor's desk.)