Jerry Givens executed 62 people in Virginia’s electric chair. Since leaving his job he has become one of the state’s most visible — and unlikely — opponents to capital punishment.
Jan. 15, 2013Jerry Givens was the state’s chief executioner for 17 years — at a time when the commonwealth put more people to death than any state besides Texas. He now lobbies against the death penalty. He also mentors young men active in sports. In this photo, he is attending a high school basketball game where some of the boys he mentors are playing. The mentoring is to help young men early in their lives in hopes that they never get into the criminal justice system to begin with. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post