Death Penalty

NACDL advocated for the abolition of the death penalty in Virginia and opposed earlier efforts to expand the state's ability to carry out executions.

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In March 2021, Governor Ralph Northam signed HB 2263 / SB 1165, which abolished the death penalty, including for those currently under a death sentence. The enactment of this legislation made Virginia the first state in the south to abolish the death penalty.

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