Death Penalty Abolished in Virginia

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.

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Virginia: Reconciling with Racism by Ending the Death Penalty

In the next few days, Virginia will be the 11th state to abolish capital punishment since 2007. That’s a demarcation point for the modern abolition movement―and it should be a signal for other states to take similar steps, writes Sarah Craft, who directs anti-death penalty advocacy for Equal Justice USA.

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Two Virginia Prosecutors Renounce State’s ‘Death Machine’

Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorneys James Hingeley and Gregory Underwood say they will no longer request the death penalty and join nine other prosecutors in an appeal to  lawmakers to remove capital punishment from state statutes.