1987 Toney Anaya
Governor of New Mexico
1988 Diann U. Rust-Tierney
Attorney, ACLU National Prison Project, Washington, D.C.
1989 Rev. Raymond C. Dowling
Chaplain/Hostage, Federal Prison Atlanta, Georgia
1990 Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ
Louisiana Pilgrimage for Life and author of DEAD MAN WALKING.
1991 U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy
State of Massachusetts
1992 Sister Miriam Wilson, OSB
Chaplain, Cook County Jail Chicago, Illinois
1994 Magdaleno Rose-Avila
Amnesty International Northwest, U.S.A.
1995 Rev. Sylvester W. Bauer
Advocate for Justice, Freeburg, Missouri
1996 Pauline & Charles Sullivan
Founders – National CURE, Washington, D.C.
1997 Sister Thea Bowman, FSPA (1937 – 1990)
All Fields of Social Justice, (South) U.S.A.
1998 Sister Peggy Devaney
Chaplain, Oakland County Jail, Archdiocese of Detroit, Michigan
1999 Rev. Jan Marinissen
American Friends Service Committee, Oakland, California
2000 Rev. Michael Bryant
Chaplain, District of Columbia Detention Facility, Washington, D.C.
2001 Carl Upchurch
Author, Youth Gangs, Columbus, Ohio
2002 Sister Julian Baird, R.S.M.
Mercy Intern Project, Dallas, Pennsylvania
2003 Rev. James Sunderland, SJ
Advocate for Justice, Denver, Colorado
2004 Frank M. Dunbaugh
Founder of MD Justice Policy Institute, Baltimore, Maryland
2005 Rev. Kofi Antone Jenkins
Activist and advocate for Justice, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2006 Msgr. Thomas R. Duffy
Advocate for Justice, Charleston, South Carolina
2007 Dr. Kathy Norgard
Psychologist/Abolitionist, Tucson, Arizona
2008 Lawrence C. Marshall
Advocate for Wrongfully Incarcerated, Illinois, California
2009 James LeBlanc
Secretary, La. Department of Public Safety and Corrections
2011 William Siedhoff
Director of Human Services for City of St. Louis, Missouri