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'Dead Man Walking' Author: America's Culture of Punishment
10/18/2013   Reported By: Tom Porter

Sister Helen Prejean has spent years campaigning against the death penalty. A book she wrote about her relationship with a convicted murderer on death row - "Dead Man Walking" - was turned into a movie of the same name in 1995, starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. Sarandon won an Oscar for her potrayal of Prejean, who is in Maine today speaking at a community forum on "The Culture of Punishment: From Parenting to Prisons." The four-day symposium, which concludes today, reflects on the history, culture and impact of punitive practices. Maine Things Considered host Tom Porter caught up with Sister Prejean in a downtown Portland coffee shop, where she shared thoughts on how American society places too much emphasis on punishment.

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Sister Helen Prejean (left) is speaking at 7:00 p.m. tonight at the University of Southern Maine's Hannaford Lecture Hall in Portland. She spoke beforehand with Maine Things Considered host Tom Porter.

Photo:  Tom Porter



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