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Virginia Becomes the 23rd State to Abolish the Death Penalty

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On Wednesday, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed a bill to officially abolish the death penalty in the state. Virginia has executed nearly 1,400 people since its days as a colony, Axios reports. Only Texas has executed more people since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

Black Americans make up only 13% of the population, but make up 42% of people on death row.


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