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Virginia Lawmakers Vote To Abolish The Death Penalty

The "death chamber" at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville Unit in Huntsville, Texas, is pictured in February 2000. (Paul Buck/AFP/Getty Images)
The "death chamber" at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville Unit in Huntsville, Texas, is pictured in February 2000. (Paul Buck/AFP/Getty Images)

In Virginia, with Democrats in control, lawmakers have voted to abolish the death penalty. Friday’s vote sends the bill to Gov. Ralph Northam, who is expected to sign it into law.

The move would make Virginia the 23rd state to end the death penalty.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with Whittney Evans, a legal reporter for VPM in Richmond.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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