The Wilmington (Del.) News Journal notes that Delaware prisons have 318 inmates sentenced to life without parole. That’s 8.3 percent of the total prison population, ranking Delaware fourth among all states. The Sentencing Project, in a recent report, recommended the abolishment of life sentences without parole.
But nobody harbors any notions that implementing the recommendation in the First State would be anything short of a monumental accomplishment. Much of Delaware’s general public and a majority of legislators are not ready to throw out tough criminal penalties against murderers — judging by what has essentially become an annual unsuccessful attempt to repeal mandatory minimum sentences spawned largely by drug-fueled increases in crime over the last two decades.