DOVER, Del. - Clergymen across the First State say their bill is being held hostage by lawmakers.
Dozens of supporters of repealing the death state took to the steps of Delaware's Legislative Hall on Tuesday asking lawmakers to take action on the bill. Last year, the bill stalled in a House Judiciary committee by one vote where it currently sits.
Advocates say it's time to put an end to death row, which they claim to be ethnically biased.
"A majority of murders in the state of Delaware are with black folk or Latino, but the people are on death row because they've killed white people, so that's just one of the inherent inequalities, said Rev. Dr. Silvester Beaman of the Interdenominational Ministers Action Council of Delaware. "I think the committee is holding the bill andholding it hostage, therefore holding the repeal of the death penalty hostage."
Seventeen men are currently on death row in Delaware. There's no discussion yet to take the bill out of committee to the House floor.