. Virginia Becomes First Southern State To Abolish The Death Penalty « JO LEE MAGAZINE

Huff Post – Virginia has become the first state in the South to abolish the death penalty, a punishment rooted in lynchings that is still disproportionately applied to Black people.

Gov. Ralph Northam (D) signed the abolition bill into law on Wednesday after it was passed by the Democrat-controlled state legislature.

“Virginia’s history, we have much to be proud of, but not the history of capital punishment,” Northam said Wednesday, speaking from the Greensville Correctional Center, which has housed the state’s death chamber. “Like many people, when I was young, I believed in an eye for an eye. But as I matured, my mind changed. And when I ran for office, I committed to work on ending the death penalty in Virginia.”

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