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Crime After Crime - Movie Review - 2011

When Sentencing For A Crime Is Criminal

About.com Rating 4 Star Rating


Presented by Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Channel, Yoav Potash‘s Crime After Crime is a call for vigilance against injustices perpetrated by our criminal justice system.

Advocating for Social Justice

Crime After Crime illuminates the case of Deborah Peagler, a woman who was tried and convicted for participating in the murder of her husband, a brutal sociopath who’d repeatedly beaten her senseless and forced her into prostitution. The circumstances of her abuse were never revealed during her trial.

Peagler was incarcerated for 26 years before her case was reopened by volunteer lawyers who, using recent revisions in criminal law, succeeded in having her sentence reduced to six years, or about one fifth of the time she’d already been in jail. Peagler is a strongly compelling lead character. The film uses on camera interviews, archival footage and photographs and present day footage of Peagler to tell this harrowing true story that is a warning about the many incidents of unjust prosecution in criminal cases, especially those in which victims of abuse are defending themselves.

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Film Details:

  • Title: Crimne After Crime
  • Director: Yoav Potash
  • Release Date: July 1, 2011
  • Running Time: 95 mins.
  • Parental Advisory: Content advisory for parents
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English
  • Distribution Company: Oprah Winfrey's OWN

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