Washington, DC — 1/28/16 — The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is disappointed that the Delaware House of Representatives did not vote to end the death penalty today. But the battle for abolition goes on in Delaware and across the country.
We proceed knowing that the days of the death penalty in the US are numbered. Seven states have abolished the death penalty in the last nine years, public support for the death penalty is at a 40 year low, and we had the least executions of any year since 1990.
The votes in the Delaware state house may not have lined up behind us today, but the path is clear and the direction of history remains unmistakable.
We would like to thank our coalition partners, Delaware Citizens Opposed to the Death, for all their hard work in this effort. We also thank all those national leaders for this movement that helped in different ways.
Most of all, we would like to thank the 90 million strong. After seeing the inspiring work of thousands of people in this state who attended rallies, wrote letters, and contacted their representatives, we have little doubt that the death penalty will be repealed here in Delaware, as well as across the nation.
There is much more work to be done, and we know that we can count on your voices as we work to abolish the death penalty nationwide. This month, the mission in Delaware continues to be clear and we support abolition battles in Kansas, Missouri, and South Dakota – always inspired by the energy, passion and determination of the abolition struggle here in Delaware.
Never doubt that the end of the death penalty in the United States will come. We are 90 Million strong and growing every day!
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.