Why virginia’s abolition of the death penalty is such a big deal

This article explains why Virginia’s abolition of the death penalty is of gret importance. not only is Virginia the first confederate state to abolish but, historically and even recently, it has been a big user of the death penalty second only to Texas. the article also points out the death penalty’s links to Jim Crow and lynchings: https://edition.cnn.com/2021/03/29/us/virginia-death-penalty-abolition-significance/index.html

Gov. Ralph Northam, right, tours Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Virginia, on March 24, 2021.
Governor Ralph Northam tours Greensville Correctional Centre on 24 March 2021

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