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October 11, 2010

‘Dead Man Walking’ Author to Discuss Restorative Justice Today

Sister Helen Prejean returns to Oregon Law October 19

Sister Helen Prejean, a nationally-known anti-death penalty activist, will speak about restorative justice during a free public lecture at the University of Oregon School of Law on Tuesday, October 19.

Prejean’s speech on the topic “The Promise of Restorative Justice” will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Knight Law Center, Room 175, 1515 Agate St. This event is sponsored by the Savage Committee on International Relations and Peace, the Robert D. Clark Honors College and Oregon Law’s Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR) Center.

Prejean is one of the best-known opponents of the death penalty. Her first book, The New York Times best seller and Pulitzer-Prize nominated “Dead Man Walking,” was based on her experience as the spiritual advisor to convicted killer and death row inmate, Patrick Sonnier, who was sentenced to die for the murder of two teenagers. Her book was later turned into the award-winning film directed by Tim Robbins.

Sister Helen’s second book, “The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions,” tells the story of two possibly innocent men whom she accompanied to their executions. The book evaluates the evidence and examines how flaws in the death penalty system lead to the execution of innocent people.

Prejean’s visit to Oregon Law is part of her Oct. 17-21 trip through Oregon to discuss repealing the death penalty and working for other measures of social justice.

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