Delaware House Judiciary Committee to Hear Senate Bill 19
Washington DC (4/24/13)—Today the House Judiciary Committee in Delaware will hear Senate Bill 19, the death penalty repeal bill. The bill passed the Senate on March 26th. The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty urges the members of the House to be forward looking and approve the legislation without amendment.
Policymakers and the public are turning away from capital punishment because even a cursory review of the system uncovers too many problems. Chief among these problems is the risk of executing an innocent person. A committee vote in favor of repealing the death penalty in Delaware would be in line with the considered judgment of six other states that abolished capital punishment in the past six years, and a dozen other states who do not authorize the death penalty for any crime.
“The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty has worked hand-in-hand with the Delaware Repeal Project every step of the way to help channel these broad-based concerns about the death penalty into concrete policy change,” stated Diann Rust-Tierney, Executive Director of the National Coalition.
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is the nation's oldest organization dedicated to the abolition of the death penalty. We are comprised of an extensive network representing more than 100 state and national affiliate organizations and thousands of advocates and volunteers. Our members include families of murder victims, people across the political and religious spectrum, past and present law enforcement officials and prominent civil and racial justice organizations working to end the death penalty forever.
In January 2014, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty launched the 90 Million Strong Campaign to partner with and mobilize a growing number of national organizations and individuals who believe that it is time for the death penalty to end.