Sister Prejean often uses analyzing to understand how the inmates came to be on death row. She looks not only at their current situation but reflects on how the condemned's past affected their present and, ultimately, their future.
I see a column of inmates, most of them black, marching out to soybean and vegetable fields, their hoes over their shoulders. Behind and in front of the marching men, guards on horseback with rifles watch their charge. In antebellum days three cotton plantations occupied these 18,000 acres, worked by slaves from Angola in Africa . . . Since its beginnings in 1901, abuse, corruption, rage, and reform have studded its history.