Delaware Citizens Opposed to the Death Penalty

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Pope Francis Changes Church Teaching to Oppose Death Penalty in All Cases

Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, has closed the loophole in the Catholic Catechism that allowed for the death penalty in rare cases.

In his letter released on August 2, 2018, he stated that the death penalty “”is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person”, and stating that the church works “for its abolition worldwide.””

The change demonstrates “increasing awareness that the dignity of the person was not lost even after “the commission of very serious crimes”.”

Click on the attached links for further information:

America: The Jesuit Review

The Guardian

House Bill 125 Reinstatement Bill died at end of 149th General Assembly

House Bill 125, the bill proposing to reinstate Delaware’s death penalty statute, died in June 2018 at the end of the Delaware General Assembly’s 149th Legislative Session. The House had passed HB 125, but the bill remained in the Senate Judiciary Committee when the session ended. The next two year General Assembly Session, General Assembly 150, will begin in January 2019. Any legislation related to the death penalty in Delaware would have to be introduced as a brand new bill.

Thank you to all who worked so hard to keep Delaware free of the death penalty!

2017 Annual Meeting: Reimagining Justice: How Restorative Justice Satisfies the Needs of Victims, Offenders, and Communities

Join us for a short business meeting followed by a presentation:

Reimagining Justice: How Restorative Justice Satisfies the  Needs of Victims, Offenders, and Communities

Monday, November 27th, 2017

6:45 pm Business Meeting, 7:00 pm Speaker

Brandywine Hundred Library, 1300 Foulk Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803

Crime causes injury to people and communities. Restorative Justice offers principles and practices to address the harms that have occurred, the needs that have arisen from those harms, and who is obligated to meet those needs. Barbie Fischer is Executive Director of Restorative Encounters, a non-profit whose aim is to encourage taking responsibility for our actions and working toward healing all affected by crime. Ms. Fischer has over 15 years of experience in restorative justice, working in community and program development with various organizations around the world.

The annual meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, call 302-379-0488 or visit http://www.enddeathpenaltyde.org.

Delaware Citizens Opposed to the Death Penalty is a restorative justice project of Pacem in Terris.