Virginia becomes the 23rd state to abolish the death penalty

15 minutes. The state of Virginia, in the United States (USA), abolished the death penalty on Monday after the vote in favor of the 2 chambers of the General Assembly of the territory.

The law still needs the signature of Democratic state governor Ralph Northam. However, Northam said he would sign it, making Virginia the 23rd state to ban the death penalty.

Said repeal occurs in the state that has used this procedure the most to punish offenders. In fact, it executed nearly 1,400 people since its colony days, according to the US Death Penalty Information Center.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, Virginia, with 113 executions, it ranks second after Texas. This is reflected in the data collected by the American television network NBC.

Currently, 2 men remain on death row in Virginia. Namely: Anthony Juniper, sentenced to death in 2004 for the murders of his ex-girlfriend, 2 of his children and his brother; and Thomas Porter, convicted of the 2005 murder of a Norfolk police officer.

With the repeal of the death penalty, their sentences would become life imprisonment without parole.


Following the favorable vote in both the House and the State Senate, Northam, along with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Eileen Filler-Corn, and the Senate Majority Leader, Dick Saslaw, issued a statement in which they consider to the death penalty “unjust, ineffective and inhumane”.

Time to stop this machinery of death“they said in the brief, in a step they consider important to” ensure that our criminal justice system is fair and equitable for all. “

According to the Information Center on the Death Penalty, in 2020, 5 states and the federal government executed 17 people in the US.

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