JARRATT, Va. — Gov. Ralph Northam is ready to sign historic legislation that can put an finish to the death penalty in Virginia, a state with a protracted and prolific historical past of finishing up executions.
Northam scheduled a tour Wednesday of the death chamber on the Greensville Correction Middle, then deliberate to sign the landmark legislation abolishing the death penalty.
The legislation marks a dramatic shift in a state that has executed extra individuals than another.
Virginia has put to death practically 1,400 individuals since its days as a colony. In trendy instances, Virginia is second solely to Texas within the variety of executions it has carried out, with 113 for the reason that US Supreme Court docket reinstated the death penalty in 1976.
Final month, Virginia’s new Democratic majority received a yearslong battle when each the Senate and Home of Delegates authorized payments to finish capital punishment. Virginia has turn into the 23rd state to abolish the death penalty.