Independent news has never been so important.

Did you know that you can get Democracy Now! delivered to your inbox every day? Sign up for our Daily News Digest today! Don't worry, we'll never share or sell your information.

Virginia Becomes First Southern State to Abolish Death Penalty

HeadlineMar 25, 2021

Virginia has become the first state in the South to outlaw capital punishment. Democratic Governor Ralph Northam signed legislation Wednesday abolishing the death penalty.

Gov. Ralph Northam: “I can say that the death penalty is fundamentally flawed. Most importantly, we know that the system doesn’t always get it right.”

Since 1976, when the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty, Virginia has carried out 113 executions, more than any state besides Texas.

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation