. Virginia Set to Become First Southern State to Abolish the Death Penalty « JO LEE MAGAZINE

VICE/Virginia has led the country in carrying out the most government-ordered executions for more than four centuries. Now, the Commonwealth is poised to become the 23rd state to abolish capital punishment and the first Southern state to do so.

Friday morning, Virginia’s majority Democratic House of Delegates voted 57-41 in favor of abolishing the state’s death penalty, just two days after the state Senate approved a different version of the bill.

The House approval all but guarantees it’ll become law, as Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam has already expressed support for the bill.

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