Prison guards stand outside the entrance to the Greensville Correctional Center where executions are carried out, in Jarratt, Va., on Sept. 23, 2010. This week, lawmakers in Virginia voted to abolished the death penalty.

FILE – In this Sept. 23, 2010 file photo prison guards stand outside the entrance to the Greensville Correctional Center, where executions are carried out, in Jarratt, Va. Death penalty opponents are cautiously optimistic they have enough bipartisan support from lawmakers to pass a bill in 2021 ending executions in Virginia. Democratic Sen. Scott Surovell is again sponsoring a bill that would abolish the death penalty, and he has a Republican chief co-patron. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)