A release by the Coalition of Arizonans to Abolish the Death Penalty:
Sister Helen Prejean, one of the nation’s foremost advocates to abolish the death penalty, will make a rare Tucson appearance Feb. 19, sponsored by the Coalition of Arizonans to Abolish the Death Penalty.
Prejean will speak at 1 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St., at an event will include other special guests. Tickets for the event, which is open to the public, cost $10 and will be available online at azabolitionist.org and at the door. After Sister Helen’s talk, a New Orleans-style procession will be held through downtown Tucson to show support for the abolition of the death penalty in Arizona.
A private meet-and-greet with Sister Helen will follow the procession. Tickets are $100.
Sister Helen is best known for her Pulitzer Prize-nominated book, “Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States,” which recounts her prison ministry that led to her introduction to capital punishment through her friendship with death-row inmate Patrick Sonnier. The book became a hit movie starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. Sister Helen also is the author of “The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions.”