Sr. Helen Prejean: Rodney Reed is innocent; the legal system is racist

Renowned anti death penalty advocate Sister Helen Prejean will be speaking in Austin in support of Rodney Reed tomorrow, February 15. In an interview today, she discussed her commitment to Rodney’s case, citing both Rodney’s innocence and the racism at play in American courts.

“Prejean says state and local authorities’ ongoing refusal to further investigate Reed’s case is par for the course in the American legal system and society.

“If you don’t equally value your citizens in life, you won’t value them in death,” she told Al Jazeera on Saturday, referring to the what some rights advocates across the country call white police officers’ extrajudicial killings last year of black men including Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York.

Prejean said that in the 1987 case McClesky v. Kemp, Supreme Court justices acknowledged that “race plays a role in the death penalty, but they said that it would be too costly to remedy it. You have the highest court of the land acknowledging racism in the justice system, and saying it’s too costly to fix it.”

“That’s all the fabric of the legal system, that we have incurable racism,” she said.

Read the whole piece at Al Jazeera, including a statement of support from Stacey Stites’ cousin, Kay Hart.

Sister Helen will be speaking on Sunday, Feb. 15 at the Friends Meeting of Austin at 2:00PM. More information can be found on Facebook:


5 thoughts on “Sr. Helen Prejean: Rodney Reed is innocent; the legal system is racist

  1. James Harry Reyos

    I know all too well what it’s like to be WRONGFULLY convicted of a crime you NEVER committed. I believe Rodney Reed is innocent of his crime, and he should be given a new trial. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.


  2. James Harry Reyos

    I am glad that Rodney Reed received a reprieve. His case badly needs to be reexamined so that JUSTICE can prevail. I believe in Reed’s innocence. Texas justice system is unfair and corrupt. FREE RODNEY REED!!!


  3. Pingback: Sister Helen Prejean tweets in support of Rodney | Free Rodney Reed!

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