The Roman Catholic nun and anti-death penalty activist who wrote the book “Dead Man Walking” is scheduled to speak in Maine.

Sister Helen Prejean is scheduled to speak Friday evening at a community forum on the culture of punishment at 7 p.m. at Hannaford Hall in Portland.

Prejean’s book mas was made into the 1995 movie “Dead Man Walking,” starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. Sarandon won an Oscar for her portrayal of Prejean.

The speech is the culmination of a four-day symposium on “The Culture of Punishment: From Parenting to Prisons” which explores, questions, and reflects on the history, culture, and impact of punitive practices.

The events are hosted by Maine Inside Out, a local social justice organization.

Prejean will sign copies of her book after speaking.

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