The US state of Virginia has banned the death penalty – the first such case in the southern United States. The governor of the state signed the corresponding decree, NPR writes.
It is noted that the reason for this decision was seen, among other things, in the problems of racism – black criminals are allegedly subject to execution much more often, especially in cases when their victims were whites.
“The death penalty is a direct continuation of the lynching. This is state-sponsored racism, and today we have the opportunity to end it, ” said one of the state legislators, Democrat Jay Jones. Some Republicans sided with Democratic Party members to ban the death penalty, but the GOP mostly opposed the abolition.
Virginia became the 23rd non-capitalist state in the United States and the first to be part of the Southern Confederation. It is also known to be the most executed state in American history.