Virginia Lawmakers Vote To Abolish The Death Penalty, First Southern State To Do So

Virginia’s state legislature approved a bill Monday that will abolish the death penalty in the state if approved by the governor, which would make it the first state in the American South to abolish the death penalty. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) has indicated that he will sign the legislation, calling the death penalty “inequitable, ineffective and inhumane” in a statement soon after the bill’s passing in Congress. “Over Virginia’s long history, this commonwealth has executed more people than any other state. And, like many other states, Virginia has come too close to executing an innocent…

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