While the Trump administration attemps to restart federal executions, opponents of the death penalty continue to push for its repeal at the state level. This series chronicles state-level developments on this issue.
Since October 2018, five states have taken legislative or judical action to end or narrow the death penalty. Others are considering changes as well. In addition, some prosecutors have been elected on a promise to not seek the death penalty. Some states have mulled legislation to make the death penalty easier, however.
Three candidates for prosecutor won in Virginia in 2019 on platforms of not seeking the death penalty. The Political Report interviewed each of them: Parisa Dehghani-Tafti (Arlington), Steve Descano (Fairfax), Jim Hingeley (Albemarle).