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Crime After Crime -- CRIME AFTER CRIME tells the dramatic story of the legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, a woman imprisoned for over a quarter century due to her connection to the murder of the man who abused her.
Crime After Crime -- The story of the battle to free Debbie Peagler, an incarcerated survivor of brutal domestic violence.


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Horribly abused...Wrongfully imprisoned...One signature away from freedom.
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  (in credits order)
Deborah Peagler ... Herself
Joshua Safran ... Himself
Nadia Costa ... Herself

Yoav Potash ... Himself
Bobby Buechler ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dee Kelly Barrett ... Lee Esther
Jeff Bleich ... Himself
T'Onna Champagne ... Debbie Peagler
Tiffany Champagne ... Joyce
C.J. Franco ... Sugar

Tennille Williams ... Crystal

Directed by
Yoav Potash 
Writing credits
Yoav Potash (written by)

Produced by
Gail Dolgin .... associate producer
Shira Potash .... associate producer: Bay Area
Yoav Potash .... producer
Melissa Schulman .... associate producer: Los Angeles
Original Music by
Jaymee Carpenter 
Cinematography by
Ben Ferrer 
Yoav Potash 
Film Editing by
Yoav Potash 
Set Decoration by
Ali Matilla (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Marie Helene Kazadi .... key hair stylist: additional photography (uncredited)
Ko Wills .... key makeup artist: additional photography (uncredited)
Production Management
Frank Giraffe .... post-production manager
Scott Trimble .... unit production manager: Los Angeles
Sound Department
Kathleen Edwards .... sound designer
Tor McAfee Kingdon .... sound re-recording mixer
Andy Snavley .... sound editor
Kathleen Edwards .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph Aguirre .... second unit camera: Los Angeles
Marjorie Alexander .... second unit camera: Los Angeles
Richard Alvarez .... first unit camera: Bay Area & CCWF Prison
Luke Archer .... second unit camera: Bay Area & CCWF Prison
David S. Bouza .... first unit camera: Los Angeles (as David Bouza)
Matt Chapman .... second unit camera: Bay Area & CCWF Prison
Kirill Davidoff .... second unit camera: Los Angeles
Gail Dolgin .... second unit camera: Bay Area & CCWF Prison
Gail Dolgin .... second unit camera: Los Angeles
Kristine Enea .... second unit camera: Bay Area & CCWF Prison
Ben Ferrer .... first unit camera: Bay Area & CCWF Prison
Ben Greenwood .... second unit camera: Bay Area & CCWF Prison
Roy Wanguhu Kiiru .... first unit camera: Bay Area & CCWF Prison
Joe Kocsis .... second unit camera: Los Angeles
Terren Lin .... second unit camera: Los Angeles
Eri Magara .... second unit camera: Los Angeles
Dan Moses .... second unit camera: Bay Area & CCWF Prison
Beth Pielert .... second unit camera: Bay Area & CCWF Prison
Yoav Potash .... first unit camera: Bay Area & CCWF Prison
Yoav Potash .... first unit camera: Los Angeles
May Rigler .... second unit camera: Los Angeles
Bruce Schermer .... second unit camera: Los Angeles
Ben Staley .... second unit camera: Los Angeles
Glenn Starry .... second unit camera: Bay Area & CCWF Prison
Kara Stephens .... first unit camera: Los Angeles
Ben Youngerman .... second unit camera: Bay Area & CCWF Prison
Aram Aramyan .... first assistant cameraman: additional photography (uncredited)
Adam Teschel .... key grip: additional photography (uncredited)
Animation Department
Yoav Potash .... motion graphics
Adam Shaening-Pokrasso .... motion graphics
Editorial Department
Aaron I. Butler .... consulting editor
Edgardo Cervano-Soto .... post-production intern
David Garcia .... digital intermediate colorist
Sarah Gilson .... directors assistant
Frank Giraffe .... assistant editor
Jonathan Liebert .... digital cinema mastering
Elizabeth Parks .... post-production intern
Adam Teschel .... post-production intern
Levi Welton .... post-production intern
Music Department
Benjamin Carpenter .... composer: additional music
Jaymee Carpenter .... music supervisor
Skyler Champion .... composer: additional music
Ross A. Hendler .... additional score
Joshua Hollander .... musician
Yoav Potash .... music supervisor
Nachman Wajcman .... additional score
Brooke Wentz .... music supervisor
Other crew
CC Chainey .... production assistant
Jesse Ehman .... assistant location manager: additional photography (uncredited)
Bobby Buechler .... dedicatee: in memory of
Deborah Peagler .... dedicatee: in memory of

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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Out of Order, 9 September 2011
Author: David Ferguson ( from Dallas, Texas

Greetings again from the darkness. 80% of women in US prisons are survivors of domestic violence, rape and/or abuse. This statistic is crucial to understanding not just the story in this documentary, but moreso, the underlying issue that is screaming for attention. Wrongful incarcerations have a disproportionate impact on poverty-stricken families and communities.

This film focuses on the story of Deborath Peagler. Her charismatic, drug-dealing boyfriend violently abused her, forced her into prostitution and abused her daughters. At her mother's suggestion, she asked a couple of crips' gang members to convince her boyfriend to leave her alone. The convincing got out of hand and Deborah was arrested.

The Los Angeles District Attorney office threatened Deborah with the death penalty if she didn't confess to planning the murder. See, there was a $17,000 life insurance on her boyfriend and they were sure they could pin a murder-for-profit scheme on her. Deborah believed the DA and chose not to die. Her confession got her a 25 year to life sentence. This was 1983.

While in prison, Deborah earned two associates degrees, held a top prison job and was a social leader amongst the women prisoners. A model prisoner by any standard. In 2002, California passed a law allowing courts to reconsider decisions when evidence of physical abuse had been withheld from the original trial. Enter two young pro-bono attorneys, Joshua Safran and Nadia Costa.

I won't go into detail with all of the corruption and cover-up and injustice that occurred over those next 7 years, but clearly it is a disheartening story that sheds light on the downside of a political office being responsible for justice. The Los Angeles District Attorney, Steve Cooley, is exposed for his power hungry ways and need to avoid scandal regarding poor law work from his office.

The film is both inspirational and motivational. Witnessing the spirit of Deborah Peagler over the years gives you hope for humanity, while also acting as expose' on a system that has many problems.

Look, I am no bleeding-heart liberal, but I do recognize injustice when it slaps me upside the head. I firmly believe justice is compromised given the politicized system we now have. District Attorneys campaign based on their conviction rate ... their ability to be tough on crime. Is it possible that corners are cut and poor judgement supersedes compassion and doing what's right - all for the sake of a high conviction rate?

After the film, there was a panel discussion that included attorney Alan Bean from and Reverand Gerald Britt from CitySquare ( Both of these men, and their many associates are fighting daily for JUSTICE over procedure. I am not pushing any agenda or any specific organization, but I do believe more conversation and insight is needed to ensure our Justice system is actually providing justice, and not just a system to serve those running for office.

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