Virginia has become the 23rd state to abolish the death penalty. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam signed the historic legislation on Wednesday. The state has had the second-highest number of executions in the United States. Virginia’s new Democratic majority won a yearslong battle last month when both the Senate and House of Delegates approved bills to end capital punishment. Virginia has put to death nearly 1,400 people since its days as a colony. In modern times, the state is second only to Texas in the number of executions it has carried out, with 113 since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.