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Mar 30, 2021

How Capital Defenders Helped End Virginia’s Death Penalty

Virginias cap­i­tal defend­ers have worked them­selves out of a job,” accord­ing to David Johnson, exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission. The commonwealth’s four cap­i­tal defense offices, which opened in 2002, are cred­it­ed with bring­ing about a dra­mat­ic decline in death sen­tences. That decline was a major fac­tor in Virginia becom­ing the first south­ern state to abol­ish the death penalty.