Released movie: Crime After Crime

Movie Title: Crime After Crime

Release Date: July 11, 2011


In telling the story of Deborah Peagler, a battered woman who spent 26 years in prison, filmmaker Yoav Potash has not dug up an obscure case of injustice. Thanks in part to his years-in-the-making documentary, the California inmate’s struggles were well documented in the news media, and the legal crusade to overturn her first-degree murder conviction received ardent support.

Crime After Crime brings nothing particularly cinematic to that story – one of horrendous personal abuse, prosecutorial misconduct and seesawing hope and despair.

For her indirect involvement in the killing of the man who forced her into prostitution and sexually abused her daughter, Peagler had already spent two decades behind bars when two Bay Area lawyers took up her case. California had just enacted the nation’s first law permitting evidence of domestic violence in such cases, and the yin-yang legal duo expected to secure release for Peagler within a few months.

Director and actors
Director - Yoav Potash

Tennille Williams

Jonathan Safran