During a Town Hall meeting last night in Wilmington civil rights activists called for a major reform of the criminal justice system and the repeal of the death penalty.
Charles Madden, executive director of the Hope Commission, noted that 62 percent of African American males in Wilmington have either been incarcerated or are on probation or parole.
The Wilmington News Journal reports that in Delaware of the 56-hundred people in jail last year around 56 percent of them were black.
On death row nine of the 15 inmates are black.
Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice Leo Strine has said that the disproportionate number of inmates in the state’s prison who are African American is alarming.