NH Council of Churches - Policy Alert: Death Penalty Hearing Wednesday


Public Hearing Wednesday

Death Penalty Expansion

Wed., May 18 1:30 PM

Senate Judiciary Committee

Room 305-307 

Legislative Office Building


HB 147 would expand New Hampshire's death penalty to include murders committed during a home invasion. The Senate Judiciary Committee (click for members) will hear this bill WEDNESDAY, May 18 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 305-307 of the LOB. 


Your Action Needed:

·      Get the word out. Get the word out asap to anyone who can attend to oppose this bill. Share this email. 

·      Attend the hearing this Wednesday.  It is important for people to show up and sign in to show opposition.

·      If you can't attend the hearing, call your Senator (click here to find your Senator's contact). Tell him or her that this bill is overly broad and unnecessary. The Attorney General says this bill will add to the number of Capital Murder cases brought in NH at a time when law enforcement resources are scarce. Funding for police and prosecution are being cut. The Courts are suffering.  Now is not the time to expand the Death Penalty, an expensive, ineffective government program.  NH can't afford it.


·      Central messages should be about the fiscal irresponsibility of this bill,

·      the harm the DP causes to victim family members and other co-victims, and

·      the fact that the Study Commission agreed expansion is not in NH's best interests.


For more info, contact Katherine Cooper, Executive Director, NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty at kcooper@nodeathpenaltynh.org, 603-674-4885 or see www.nodeathpenaltynh.org


Author of "Dead Man Walking" Visits NH 

This Week


Two Events Open to the Public


Public Lecture

Date: May 18, 2011

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Place: NH Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, Manchester


Keynote NHCADP Annual Meeting

Date: May 19, 2011

Time: 7:00 PM

Place: Red River Theater, Concord



Sr. Helen Prejean, C.S.J.,author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, will visit New Hampshire for a series of presentations. Sr. Helen will give the keynote address at the annual NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty dinner.


Sponsored by New Hampshire Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NHCADP). For info or to reserve tickets for NHCADP Annual Meeting, contact Katherine Cooper.