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NH Death Penalty Expansion Opposed

If legislators are really looking for expensive, ineffective government programs to eliminate, they can start with HB 147, the bill to add homicide committed in the course of a “home invasion” to the list of crimes punishable by execution. 

Sen. Luther and Sr. Helen

Sen. Luther listens

Sen. Jim Luther listens to testimony from Sr. Helen Prejean.

Sr. Helen Prejean at Coalition's Annual Meeting

Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 7:00pm

Sr. Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States and of The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, will be the special guest speaker at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

Sr. Helen Prejean

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 7:00pm

Sr. Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States and of The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, will lead a discussion with religious leaders about the death penalty.

Bro. Paul Crawford

Brother Paul Crawford

Brother Paul Crawford, Director of Public Policy for the Diocese of Manchester, was one of numerous speakers who said the death penalty does not increase public safety or reduce violence.  

death penalty abolition vigil, concord nh, 5-8-09

abolish the death penalty

Members of the NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty hold regular vigils in front of New Hampshire's State House in Concord.

NH Faith Based Activists Deepen Work for Death Penalty Repeal

On the day the New Hampshire’s Death Penalty Study Commission released its reports, in which a narrow majority of members called for retaining the state’s death penalty, a group of faith-based activists met in the office of the NH Council of Churches to discuss ways to deepen the movement for death penalty repeal. 

Renny Cushing at NH Death Penalty Study Commission

Renny Cushing listens to testimony.

Rep. Renny Cushing listens to testimony at a meeting of the New Hampshire commission to study the death penalty, September 10, 2010.

Bringing Back Tomorrow: St. Louisans Confront the Death Penalty

By Jon Krieg

Do our children have a future? If they don’t, do we?

These questions formed the heart of a September 29, 2010 community discussion organized by AFSC St. Louis and Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

Five experts in criminal justice and youth shared their thoughts following the screening of “No Tomorrow,” a documentary film about the murder of a young woman, Risa Bejarano, who had “aged out” of foster care. The film covers the trial of the troubled young man, Juan Chavez, who was sentenced to death for her murder.

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