Virginia is the first southern state to abolish the death penalty

Virginia joins the 22 U.S. states that have already abolished the death penalty, but its decision is still indicative of the fact that no state in the former Confederate south has yet taken this step.

Virginia, which recorded the death penalty on U.S. soil, became the first state in the former separatist South to abolish the death penalty on Wednesday.

“Today there is no place for the death penalty in this state, in the south, and in this country,” Democratic Governor Ralph Northam said during a ceremony at Greensville Prison, where the death penalty is still taking place.

Abolishing the death penalty was “right to do,” he said.

“You cannot give this final sentence without being 100% sure that what you are saying is right, you cannot give this final sentence to someone who knows that this system does not work the same way for everyone.”e Century African Americans.

After much tense debate, both state chambers voted in favor of abolishing the death penalty earlier this year.

Virginia joins the 22 U.S. states that have already abolished the death penalty, but its decision is still indicative of the fact that no state in the former Confederate south has yet taken this step.

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