The death penalty its an issue that has been debated for decades whether it deters crime whether its cruel and unusual making it unconstitutional and whether its handed out evenly. Arguments about the death penalty have taken on a new life in recent years as a few states have done away with executions. One of the most outspoken opponents of the death penalty Catholic nun Sister Helen Prejean was in Harrisburg recently. Sister Prejean mininsters to death row prison inmates and played by actress Susan Sarandon in the film Dead Man Walking.