Delaware Senate Votes to Pass Death Penalty Repeal Measure
Washington DC (3/15/13)—“On the heels of the historic victory in Maryland earlier this month, the Delaware Senate has voted to abolish the death penalty,” said National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Executive Director, Diann Rust-Tierney, “Momentum for repeal is increasing in Delaware and across the country.” The measure will now go the House for consideration after the session resumes from the spring recess.
More and more policy makers and members of the public are coming to the realization that the death penalty is a failed policy that does not keep us safer and wastes public resources that could otherwise be used to support victims of crime and strengthen our communities.
We commend the Delaware Senate for taking this momentous step today to do away with a broken, antiquated capital punishment system, and we urge the members of the House to follow suit.
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.