The story of the battle to free Debbie Peagler, an incarcerated survivor of brutal domestic violence. Over 26 years in prison cannot crush the spirit of this determined African-American ... See full summary »


Yoav Potash


Yoav Potash
12 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Deborah Peagler Deborah Peagler ... Self
Joshua Safran Joshua Safran ... Self
Nadia Costa Nadia Costa ... Self
Yoav Potash Yoav Potash ... Self
Bobby Buechler Bobby Buechler ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dee Kelly Barrett Dee Kelly Barrett ... Lee Esther
Jeff Bleich Jeff Bleich ... Self
T'Onna Champagne T'Onna Champagne ... Debbie Peagler
Tiffany Champagne Tiffany Champagne ... Joyce
C.J. Franco ... Sugar
Friday Morning Friday Morning ... Best Friend / Pimp #2
Tennille Williams ... Crystal


The story of the battle to free Debbie Peagler, an incarcerated survivor of brutal domestic violence. Over 26 years in prison cannot crush the spirit of this determined African-American woman, despite the injustices she has experienced, first at the hands of a duplicitous boyfriend who beat her and forced her into prostitution, and later by prosecutors who cornered her into a life behind bars for her connection to the murder of her abuser. Her story takes an unexpected turn two decades later when a pair of rookie land-use attorneys cut their teeth on her case -- and attract global attention to the troubled intersection of domestic violence and criminal justice. Written by Anonymous

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Horribly abused...Wrongfully imprisoned...One signature away from freedom.


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Exposure of gross injustice done to domestic violence victim by CA justice system
3 July 2018 | by fdawkinsSee all my reviews

After watching this documentary twice on Amazon Prime, I just was overwhelmed by the injustice done to Ms. Peagler. As a lawyer with over 40 years of experience as a federal prosecutor and defense attorney, I cannot adequately express in words the admiration I have for these two pro bono attorneys, Ms. Costa and Mr. Safran, and their courage to fight for her to right the wrong, their passion in diving into an area of the law that neither of them had experience in, their intelligence in figuring out the various avenues for challenging the unconstitutionality of her conviction, their compassion in hearing and understanding Ms. Peagler, and their fearlessness and tenacity in fighting the corrupt L. A. DA's Office, which suppressed material evidence favorable to Ms. Peagler's defense bearing on her innocence of the crime charged. The documentary filmmaker, Mr. Potash, did an incredible job too in putting the documentary together in such a polished manner, synopsizing years of legal wrangling into an hour and a half documentary, it was just riveting to watch. It's clearly one of the finest documentaries I have ever seen. These lawyers are true heroes and exemplify the highest standards of professionalism as lawyers, and the filmmaker deserves high praise for an uncompromising examination of injustice done to a victim of severe domestic violence whose abuser's death she really took no part in yet received a life sentence due to the corruption of the criminal justice system in California. I cannot recommend this film too highly, it's that good!

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1 July 2011 (USA) See more »

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Crime After Crime See more »


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