Even as the Trump administration attemped to restart federal executions, opponents of the death penalty pushed for its repeal at the state level. This series chronicles state-level developments on this issue.
Since October 2018, four states have abolished the death penalty, — and others have narrowed its application or imposed a new moratorium. In addition, some prosecutors have been elected on a promise to not seek the death penalty.
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).