Virginia Legislature Votes to Abolish the Death Penalty

The Virginia General Assembly recently voted to abolish the death penalty in Virginia. The bill, HB 1779, covers persons currently on death row and prohibits future death penalty sentences. The bill also eliminates mandatory minimum sentences for certain non-violent offenses. You can watch floor debates and committee meetings on the House of Delegates streaming service. 

UR Law’s own Professor Corinna Lain testified in support of this bill as part of her work on criminal justice reform. Professor Lain’s extensive writing on this issue is available through the UR Scholarship Repository, here.

You may also be interested in the following books at the Muse Law Library:

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For a history of the death penalty in Virginia and elsewhere, check out the Marshall Project. 

As always, if you’re interested in exploring this topic in more depth, you can email our Reference & Research Services Librarians!