When Penny Wheat discoverd an old book about the convicted killer James Hanratty, and learned that his conviction might have been unsafe, she found it heart-rending. Recently converted, but trapped in a miserable marriage, she began writing - at first to one prisoner, then another. Soon she linked up with LifeLines, an organisation that set up links to men and women on death row.
Penny - "a demure, middle-class English lady" - learned much about the American system of justice: sometimes excellent, sometimes arbitrary and prejudiced. Her compassion deepened for those prisoners caught up in the grinding penal system. Through her experiences we meet several individuals - creative, thoughtful, patient - all vulnerable, human, and real. This is a gripping account of friendship, faith and humor in defiance of the death penalty.
When Penny Wheat discovered an old book about convicted killer James Hanratty, and learned that his conviction might have been in error, she found it heart-rending. A lifelong concern awoke in her for those in prison. In this gripping account of friendship, faith, and humor in defiance of the death penalty, read about Penny and her calling to meet the spiritual needs of "dead men walking."
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