2019: The Year for Repeal


The Coalition is moving full steam ahead on repeal efforts. Here are the key dates to mark on your calendar:

  • Tuesday February 19, 9 AM: Vigil in front of State House before hearing
  • Tuesday February 19, 10 AM: Criminal Justice Hearing in Rep’s Hall at the State House, featuring Sr. Helen Prejean and death row exonerees Kirk Bloodsworth and Ray Krone
  • Wednesday February 20, 10 AM: House Criminal Justice Committee Executive Session on HB 455, LOB 204


With the recent electoral changes, we are anticipating a strong likelihood of success in repealing the death penalty in New Hampshire this coming year.

The magic number for us is 283. We need 267 votes in the House we need to achieve a veto-proof majority, and add 16 for a supermajority in the Senate. Our early assessment is that we can get repeal done in 2019.

As optimistic as our outlook is right now, we will only succeed by running a strong campaign once again. We need to educate the nearly 150 new House Reps, many if not most of whom may not be fully informed on the capital punishment system in NH. We also need to work energetically with past supporters to strengthen their resolve against an anticipated full-court press by Gov. Sununu. And we need to continue to educate our fellow citizens so their duly elected representatives receive the message loud and clear that New Hampshire can live without the death penalty.

Here are some ways you can help:

1. Come to Concord on February 19

We are planning to give everyone who’d like to testify an opportunity to do so. Please prepare a one-minute testimony and help us fill Representatives Hall and demonstrate overwhelming support for abolishing the death penalty! Please come at 9AM for the vigil (& bring a sign) in front of the State House, and then into Rep’s Hall for the 10AM Hearing (no signs allowed – we can store signs at AFSC offices at 4 Park St).  Don’t forget to sign in with your position on the bill, and indicate your intention to testify (or not). (You can signal your intention to attend this event on Facebook here.)

2. Write to newspapers

Now is the time to let your fellow New Hampshire citizens know where you stand on the death penalty, and why. A steady drumbeat of voices is more effective in the long run than a smattering of letters only around the time of voting in the legislature. Feel free to use our form on this page. Consider writing multiple letters (each uniquely penned) to various state newspapers.

3. Write to your legislators

Writing to your Reps right lets them know that their constituency values this issue, and it will help to educate them, especially the large group of new Reps in the House. You can use our online tool here, or if you want to write a letter or postcard, you can find your legislators addresses on the NH General Court Website: House Members | Senate Members.

4.  Hold a House Party!

Feeling bullish on repeal and want to do something special about it to help us get over the finish line? Why then, you might consider holding a house party! This can be something as simple as inviting your friends and neighbors to a showing of our law enforcement documentary (only 25 minutes long) followed by a discussion. If you’d like our help in organizing it and/or would like to have someone from the Coalition attend to answer questions, feel free to contact us.  This is a great way to educate folks on the death penalty. We’ve already heard that the documentary has helped open a lot of eyes to the intricacies and shortcomings of the death penalty system.

Key Resources

In addition to the information on our Issues page, here are some additional downloadable fact sheets that can help to guide your messaging:

See also:


One-Minute Video/Photo Campaign

We are asking NHCADP members to participate with us in raising awareness of the death penalty issue in the lead-up to the 2019 legislative session, by creating very short, one-minute-or-less videos (or short Tweet with your photo — see below) that we can post on our YouTube account, website, and Twitter feed. Here’s an example of one that the Coalition’s own Renny Cushing just recorded for us: It’s Time for Repeal the Death Penalty.

Please be assured that we are not looking for professionally-edited videos. In fact, informal homegrown videos are preferable. And please do not let technical considerations or phobias deter you from making a short selfie video that succinctly states why New Hampshire can live without the death penalty. You can record a video very easily either on your mobile device, or on your computer if it has an integrated or attached webcam.

Please note that most smart phones these days will give you tools for uploading your video directly from your phone’s native camera/video application (YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) — simply send me the link to your preferred hosting site once you’v uploaded it. Click here for additional information on how to upload your video to YouTube (requires a free Gmail account) from a computer or mobile phone.

You can also send your video directly to me and I can post to NHCADP’s YouTube account. If you have Gmail, you can upload your video to your Google Drive account and share the link with me.  Alternatively, you can use this free online service through your computer’s browser: https://wetransfer.com. For either option, use this email as the recipient: info@nodeathpenaltynh.org. (Note: please do not simply email your video directly unless it is less than 25 MB in size.)

Here’s information on how to record a video using a webcam on your computer: https://www.wikihow.tech/Record-from-a-Webcam.

If you’d rather tweet with text only, please limit your text to approximately 200 characters, and please send a photo of yourself if we do not have one. Then, tune into our twitter feed here: https://twitter.com/NHCADP. (This paragraph, not including this sentence, is already 184 characters, just enough for a brief message.)  
Or, really simple: just  send us your photo with about 200 characters of text for your written message, and we can post on social media directly. Email to:  info@nodeathpenaltynh.org.

Feel free to call us directly if you need support with any of this: 603-513-2266.

Thank you for your willingness to participate and spread the word that New Hampshire is ready to live without the death penalty.