DOVER, Del. (AP) - Opponents of capital punishment are calling for an end to Delaware's death penalty.
More than 100 people gathered Tuesday in the state Senate chambers as lawmakers announced the pending introduction of a bill that would do away with the death penalty and prevent the 17 inmates already on death row from being executed.
Opponents of the death penalty say it's morally wrong, ineffective as a deterrent to violent crime and far more costly than putting killers in prison for life.
Groups supporting the effort to repeal the death penalty in Delaware include American Civil Liberties Union, the NAACP, the League of Women Voters and the Delaware Center for Justice.