Support Victims, Empower Exonerees

The Event Our friends at Amnesty International USA are helping us promote a conversation about the death penalty in Delaware at their upcoming meeting, Support Victims, Empower Exonerees. The event will feature Bonita Spikes, who lost her husband, Michael, to murder in 1994 and Kirk Bloodsworth, the first man exonerated from death row using DNA […]

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Exciting Volunteer Opportunities this Summer and Fall

DE Repeal Outreach In the past month, DE Repeal has participated in two local festivals: the “Positively Dover” African American Festival and Delaware City Day. Between the two events, 70 new supporters have taken action against the death penalty by writing postcards to elected officials. The two outings would not have been successful without the […]

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It’s Time for Delaware to Repeal the Death Penalty

Furman v. Georgia Forty years ago this week in Furman v. Georgia, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the death penalty across the country. They said it violated the U.S. Constitution because it was applied inconsistently and was therefore cruel and unusual punishment. When the death penalty was reinstated four years later in Gregg v. […]

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The Death Penalty Harms Murder Victims’ Families

My younger brother David was 22 when he and four of his friends were brutally murdered in Connecticut in 1995. The killer was David’s landlord, who also burnt down the house to hide the murder evidence. David was identified by dental records. This quintuple homicide shocked and hurt not just my family, but our entire […]

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Delaware’s Death Penalty Should Go

After almost six years out of the limelight, Delaware’s death penalty system began grabbing headlines again when the state executed Robert Jackson in July of 2011 and Derrick Powell and Leslie Small were sentenced to death in the months following. Shannon Johnson successfully petitioned the courts to drop his appeals and hasten his execution. Barring […]

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Death Row Exonerees to Speak in Delaware May 4th and 11th

Kirk Bloodsworth and Shujaa Graham, two death row exonerees, will be giving public talks made possible by Witness to Innocence, The Peninsula-Delaware Conference of the United Methodist Church, and others this May in Delaware. Bloodsworth will be speaking at Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach on May 4th at 7 p.m., and Graham will […]

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Death Penalty Repealed in Five States in Five Years

Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed legislation repealing the death penalty this week, making Connecticut the fifth state to end the death penalty in five years. Connecticut will join Illinois, New Mexico, New Jersey, and New York to become the fifth state in five years to repeal the death penalty.” “Connecticut is just the latest state […]

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Death Penalty Repeal Education Effort Launched

Delaware Repeal is a coalition of diverse organizations and individuals who support repeal of the death penalty.   We are working vigorously to promote a statewide conversation about the death penalty and the benefits of its repeal in Delaware. The Coalition Delaware Citizens Opposed to the Death Penalty, the ACLU of Delaware, Delaware Center for […]

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