NH Council of Churches - Death Penalty Alert: Hearing Next Week on NH Expansion Bill & more

HB 147, the so-called Kimberly Cates bill, which seeks to expand eligibility for the death penalty to those who commit murder during a home invasion, is scheduled to be heard next week.


This is a critical moment. Your presence and voice can make a difference.   

Ways to take action:


Attend the hearing

Thursday, January 27, 10 AM

Room 204, Legislative Office Building, Concord

House Criminal Justice & Public Safety Committee


  • If you would like to speak, fill out a pink card and give to the committee chair or secretary and be prepared to wait to be called. If you submit written testimony, submit copies for all 21 committee members.
  • You may simply sign in on the bill without testifying. There is a sign-in sheet  in the hearing room, asking if you support or oppose the bill. Make sure you sign that you are opposed to it. Your signature matters.

Can't attend the hearing?

  • Contact the members of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee before the hearing next Thursday. Of particular priority are those who represent you. Find contacts here.
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper
  • Gov. Lynch was recently interviewed on WMUR, saying he would like to hear from NH residents on the death penalty. Contact the governor to support abolition and oppose expansion efforts, 271-2121 or via webform

Why is your action important to the abolition movement?

New Hampshire is still reeling from the terrible details that have emerged about the killing of Kimberly Cates and the maiming of her daughter, Jaimie. The calls for expansion of the death penalty are very loud, which is why it is more important than ever to let our legislators know that citizens of the Granite state support justice, not revenge.


Although it appears there are enough votes in the committee to pass the bill, if legislators see that there is a significant number of people opposed to expansion, they may rethink their positions.

More resources on the Death Penalty:

From the NH Council of Churches Joint Statement Opposing the Death Penalty


Scripture cautions us: "Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all" (Romans 12:17).  From this Christian perspective we are led to conclude that the death penalty does not provide justice.  Instead, the death penalty perpetuates inhumane retribution, fosters feelings of revenge, and exacerbates a cycle of violence upon the perpetuators and victims without regard for that which is noble.  These responses dehumanize society and blind us to God's image in all; perpetrators and victims, rich and poor, young and old, Christian and non-Christian, no matter what color their skin may be.  The use of capital punishment does not restore a broken society; it perpetuates the violence and injustice instead of condemning such intolerable acts.