Once a state that used capital punishment frequently, Virginia is on the verge of abolishing the death penalty.
“State lawmakers gave final approval Monday to legislation that will end capital punishment in Virginia, a dramatic turnaround for a state that has executed more people in its long history than any other,” according to the Associated Press.
“The legislation repealing the death penalty now heads to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, who has said he will sign it into law, making Virginia the 23rd state to stop executions…
“Virginia’s new Democratic majority, in full control of the General Assembly for a second year, pushed the repeal effort, arguing that the death penalty has been applied disproportionately to people of color, the mentally ill and the indigent…
Republicans raised concerns about justice for victims and their family members, and said there are some crimes that are so heinous that the perpetrators deserve to be executed.”
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BREAKING: Lawmakers in Virginia, which historically has used the death penalty more than any other state, have given final approval to a bill ending end capital punishment. https://t.co/JKyryFXW2j
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 22, 2021