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The first piece of the Delaware Black Legislative Caucus’ Justice For All agenda easily cleared its first hurdle. “

A constitutional amendment explicitly prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, and national origin unanimously passed the State Senate Tuesday.

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Black lawmakers in Delaware’s General Assembly are offering a plan to address systemic racism and police brutality in the First State.

The Delaware Legislative Black Caucus unveiled its Justice for All Agenda Wednesday.

More adults in Delaware are eligible for expungement of certain criminal records starting Friday, when the Adult Expungement Reform Act signed by Gov. Carney this summer goes into effect. 

 


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Anthony Ray Hinton spent nearly thirty years on death row in Alabama before his conviction was overturned. 

He appeared in Wilmington Wednesday to discuss criminal justice reform. 


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The state's first lynching memorial will be replaced after it was stolen this summer. 

 


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A new state law could help DelDOT enforce restrictions on truck traffic in residential areas.


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The historical marker installed in memory of lynching victim George White this summer has been stolen from Greenbank Park in Prices Corner.

 

 

  

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Delaware Chief Justice Leo Strine’s Monday retirement announcement prompted several elected officials to commend his work to make the state’s criminal justice system more fair. 

Among them was chair of the state Senate Judiciary Committee Darius Brown (D-Wilmington) who also said he sees the upcoming vacancy an “opportunity.”

 


Two more criminal justice bills go to Gov. Carney

Jun 26, 2019
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The General Assembly is sending more criminal justice legislation to Gov. John Carney.


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Legislation helping inmates reduce their fees and fines is being amended to also help people outside of prison.


$15 minimum wage legislation on hold until next year

Jun 13, 2019
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State lawmakers won’t vote on a $15 minimum wage bill until next year.


Minimum wage increase clears one State Senate hurdle

Jun 12, 2019
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Legislation that would raise Delaware’s minimum wage to $15 an hour made it out of a Senate committee Wednesday.


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Legislation allowing more Delawareans to seal their criminal records is headed to the Delaware House.


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The state Senate Judicial Committee took public comment on legislation allowing more Delawareans to seal criminal records Wednesday.


Some Delaware lawmakers are pushing legislation to limit the fines and fees courts can impose on low-income defendants.


New members of General Assembly make history

Jan 8, 2019
Sarah Mueller

Legislative Hall in Dover was packed Tuesday as 17 new members were sworn into the General Assembly.

The House welcomed eight Democrats and four Republicans. The Senate added five new faces, four Democrats and one Republican.


Wilmington is making a concerted push to get more people employed and empowered through nontraditional means. They just wrapped up a successful first year using an online jobs board called Tweet My Jobs.

But it's not the only jobs project that city council member Darius Brown has going for his constituents. Delaware Public Media's Annie Ropeik reached him earlier this week during a City to Work job fair at City Hall.

Wilmington is taking its push to employ more residents and create more jobs online and to the job-seekers themselves.

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Wilmington city officials gathered Wednesday to watch a bulldozer bring down a section of Bennett Street on the city’s East Side.

The demolition on the 900 block of Bennett is part of the first phase of East Side Rising Housing Initiative to revive residential areas in Wilmington’s East Side that suffer from blight and crime.  

The neighborhood is city’s third district, represented by City Councilman Darius Brown. Brown hopes rebuilding parts of Bennett and Kirkwood Streets will reduce crime in the neighborhood.

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On Monday, Wilmington City Council Member Darius Brown announced a $193,000 fundraising effort to support community development in the city’s 3rd district - home to some of Wilmington’s highest need areas.

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Wilmington 3rd District city councilman Darius Brown is using National Infrastructure Week to raise awareness of the importance of investing in the local and national infrastructure - despite tight budget times.

Brown led a tour of the 16th Street water filtration plant where nearly $60 million dollars has been spent recently on various capital improvements.