Two decades ago, Sister Helen Prejean published the book Dead Man Walking, the story of her time as a spiritual advisor to a death row inmate.
Since then, Sister Prejean has seen six men put to death.
Prejean travels the country, advocating against the death penalty. She says it disproportionately affects the poor. She also argues against anyone's moral authority to kill another human being - even if that human being has killed someone.
Prejean says there are no evil people, only evil actions. She says that any person who commits an evil action is the product of a number of outside forces.
And she says people change.
Sister Prejean believes in reforming and rehabilitating. She says after 15 years in prison, many murderers are changed people.
And for all the seriousness and gravity of her work, Sister Prejean understands the need to relax. She says she enjoys playing poker and drinking beer. She says recreational time is part of being a whole person.
Sister Prejean came to Maine to take part in Maine Inside Out's four-day symposium "The Culture of Punishment: From Parenting to Prisons."
And this wasn't Prejean's first trip to Maine. The last time she was here she visited Mount Desert Island and had popovers at Acadia's Jordan's Pond with Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins.
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