The fight to end the death penalty lives on in New Hampshire

Thank you to all of you who signed our petition to end the death in New Hampshire. Because of you, our partners at the New Hampshire Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NHCADP) were able to deliver a huge stack of 56,502 signatures (wow!) to Governor Chris Sununu on May 15, after a press conference with families of murder victims, calling for repeal.

Unfortunately, Governor Sununu refused to heed these voices – and many others – from around New Hampshire and the nation. On June 21 he vetoed the death penalty repeal bill that had passed both chambers of the state legislature with bipartisan support.

If the governor expected repeal advocates in New Hampshire to go away quietly, he was sorely mistaken. The House and Senate votes to end the death penalty demonstrate that the legislature is very close to being able to override the governor’s veto. That override vote has now been scheduled for September 13.

Our friends at NHCADP have put together an action plan of the best things YOU can do to help overturn the governor’s veto next month. Please check out their news update here. You’ll learn about action opportunities, a documentary they’re working on, and much more.

The fight to end the death penalty in New Hampshire is not over. Please check out NHCADP’s website and find out what you can do to help. Thank you!

One man stands in the way of ending the disastrous death penalty

Earlier today, Governor Chris Sununu vetoed a bill that would have ended New Hampshire’s death penalty. He did this despite overwhelming favorable votes in both Republican-controlled chambers of the state’s legislature and after receiving petition signatures from over 50k people across the country who support repeal.

Repeal would be a done deal if not for Governor Sununu’s veto.

This should be a no-brainer. New Hampshire’s death penalty is notorious for siphoning millions of dollars on capital cases that drag on for decades and never actually result in an execution. Governor Sununu has heard death row exonerees, religious leaders, thousands of Granite Staters, and even families of homicide victims, the very community the Governor cites as a reason to keep the system in place. These family members say the death penalty drags surviving families through an agonizing process and that the money would be better spent in meeting their critical needs, such as trauma and grief counseling, funeral assistance, and restitution of lost wages.

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Help end the death penalty in New Hampshire!

Governor Sununu: Sign repeal. End the death penalty!

By nearly a 2-1 margin, the Republican-controlled New Hampshire legislature has voted to repeal the death penalty. Now the bill goes to Governor Chris Sununu, who has threatened to veto it.

It is more important than ever to let the Governor know that the death penalty is irrevocably broken and New Hampshire doesn’t need it. Sign the petition to Governor Sununu asking him to sign the bill and end the death penalty. Continue Reading →

State lawmakers continue re-evaluating the death penalty

Photo of the New Hampshire State Capitol

We’re less than a quarter into 2018, and the movement to end the death penalty has already made major strides in state capitols around the country.

In Utah, a Republican-sponsored repeal bill passed out of a House committee for the first time ever. Two years ago, Utah came close to ending the death penalty but ran out of time before getting to the House. This year, Utah’s session was extra short, but with strong backing from conservative lawmakers and civic leaders, the state is primed and ready to take repeal the rest of the way in 2019.

Washington’s death penalty also appears to be on its last legs. The Senate voted ‘yes’ on a repeal bill and so did a House committee, leaving just one final hurdle left. But like in Utah, Washington lawmakers ran out of time before they could get the bill to the Governor’s desk. The state, however, was a veritable echo chamber of voices calling for repeal, from families of murder victims, law enforcement, newspaper editorial boards, and, recently, from Kirk Bloodsworth, who had the personal experience of being exonerated from death row. Stay tuned for what is sure to be an exciting campaign next year.

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Huge strides made in repeal efforts in Delaware

Delaware Black Leaders for Repeal press conference

Lawmakers in Delaware allowed a bill to repeal the death penalty to get a full debate on the House floor for the first time. The bill had been stuck in the House Judiciary Committee for the last several years.

The growing coalition in Delaware is fired up at having broken through the logjam. Though the bill did not pass, the fight is not over. In fact, there is still a chance the bill will have another day on the House floor in 2016.

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YOU can help end the death penalty in Delaware!

Lawmakers across the country are reconsidering the death penalty, and things are really heating up in Delaware. Legislation to repeal the death penalty has already passed the Senate, and tomorrow, debate moves to the full House floor. If passed, it will go to the Governor, who has promised he will sign the bill.

We need YOU to dig through your address books, your social media accounts, and your “mental rolodex” to think of anyone you might know in Delaware. Connect them to our easy action alert, where they can contact their representative TODAY.

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