Yesterday, the Delaware state Senate approved the bill to repeal their state’s death penalty. The approval came only after they removed the provision that the sentences of the 17 inmates currently on death row would change from a death penalty sentence, sparing their lives.
From here, the bill heads to the Delaware state House for their consideration.
For more information, read the Associated Press article here.
Maryland state Senate and House have also recently passed a bill to abolish the death penalty in their state. When signed by Governor Martin O’Malley, Maryland will become the sixth state to do so in recent years. Other states include New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, Illinois and Connecticut.