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Death Penalty Repeal Documentary

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A Documentary Film Project to Help End the Death Penalty in New Hampshire

Right now, New Hampshire is tantalizingly close to achieving the 2/3 supermajorities needed in both the Senate and House to override a gubernatorial veto of a bill repealing the death penalty.

The clock is ticking, as the vote to sustain or override Governor Sununu's veto of SB593 will take place on September 13.

The most significant obstacle to achieving repeal in New Hampshire continues to be the political notion that the death penalty is needed to protect law enforcement officers and properly prosecute homicide defendants.  Politicians routinely promise to "support" local or state police by opposing death penalty abolition. Politicians and police alike often claim that the death penalty has a deterrent effect  on murderers, even though no such evidence exists. Others cite the necessity of having the death penalty as a tool in the arsenal of prosecutors.

Governor Chris Sununu even flanked himself with a large group of police officers when he vetoed the repeal bill on June 21st .  During the several prior months, the governor refused to personally meet with anyone who disagreed with his position, including law enforcement veterans.  We cannot let this suppression of alternative voices stand.
 
The aim of this video project is to advance alternative perspectives on the death penalty by featuring the voices of professional and authoritative veterans from law enforcement, prosecution, corrections and the criminal justice system in New Hampshire. By sharing their stories – including retired police officers who currently have family members serving in law enforcement – we will demonstrate that these are credible individuals with substantial law enforcement experience who believe it is time to repeal the death penalty. In addition, the video will help us articulate a much less political and more practical suite of solutions for "supporting our officers in uniform."

The final video product will be accompanied by shorter clips for use on social media, all delivered in an appealing documentary format.

Your donation will help us pay for the professional production company, and costs associated with production, duplication, promotion and distribution around New Hampshire.

All donors will be granted advanced access to the streaming version of the film, ahead of the public release. Your name will be listed in the credits as a supporter, unless you specifically request that it not be included.

Please consider donating to our documentary video project so we can put these powerful voices in play before the NH Legislature is called back to session this fall to vote on our vetoed bill.

And please share this project with your friends!

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Hello Funders! We're honing in on the most essential messages from our law enforcement veterans: that deterrence is a myth and does not protect police officers or the public; that mistakes can be made even in our humble state; and that executing cop-killers is a symbolic gesture that pales in comparison to the good we could do for our officers in uniform with some of the already over 5 million dollars spent on a single death penalty case so far.

Here's a sneak peek 90-second video clip from the first draft. Enjoy!
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Hello, Supporters! Great news, we're into production and have seen the first full rough edit. Lots of changes still to be made, but we're honing in on the most essential messages from our law enforcement veterans: that mistakes can be made, that deterrence is a myth, and that executing cop-killers is a symbolic gesture that pales in comparison to the good we could do for our officers in uniform with some of the already over 5 million dollars spent on a single death penalty case in NH. A key solution discussed in the video: pay the family of slain officers his/her salary for life and put his/her kids through college. Would you rate that as better support for those who sign up to face society's dangers every day?

We've upgraded our project plan to include sending a DVD to each and every one of NH's 424 legislators. This is going to cost, but what better way to get the message directly into the hands of decision-makers ahead of the September 13 override vote? Please consider donating again to help us reach this goal, and please invite your friends to donate. Thank you!
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Hot of the presses! Here is a rough cut montage of some of the footage related to the issue of deterrence, from our tapings. Enjoy and thank you for your help making this happen!

In order of appearance:
Raymond Gagnon, Former US Marshal for NH;
Bill McGonagle, Former Assistant Commissioner of NH Dept. of Corrections;
Paul Lutz, Former Lieutenant, Derry NH Police Department;
John Breckinridge, Former Manchester NH Police Officer;
John Broderick, Former Chief Justice, NH Supreme Court;
Raymond Dodge, Former Marlborough NH Police Chief;
Phil McLaughlin, Former NH Attorney General
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Wow, nearly $5500 raised so far! THANK YOU! Y'all are awesome.

After an intense week last week organizing and undertaking 10 interviews, we are now sifting through all of that footage and pulling out the gems. In looking at how we might organize this into a meaningful documentary – along with shorter, topical clips – a theme emerged: "Busting the Myths." That's because every claim made by those who want to keep the death penalty can be directly challenged by either facts, reason, or common sense. Here are the six myths we've come up with so far:

Myth #1: The death penalty deters violent crime
Myth #2: The NH criminal justice system is infallible
Myth #3: Death penalty repeal lets murderers off the hook
Myth #4: Some murders are more heinous than others
Myth #5: The cost of the death penalty is justified
Myth #6: The death penalty supports police officers

And for an overall title, right now we're considering this:

Busting the Myths: NH Law Enforcement Veterans Confront the Death Penalty

What do you think? Please respond with your thoughts and ideas. Thanks!
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$6,710 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 52 people in 1 month
Funds raised will benefit:
New Hampshire Coalition To Abolish the Death Penalty
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