Saturday, 28 November 2015

A Family Weathers a Life Sentence

Newton was 16 when he killed a Baltimore cab driver during an attempted
robbery in 1973. The state of Maryland charged Newton with first degree
murder and sentenced him to life in prison. Over four decades later,
his family is still hoping for release, although Maryland has
effectively abolished parole for lifers—even juvenile offenders such as
Odell. His family maintains that he is a reformed man. "He's not the
same person he was when he was 16," says his sister Jackie Anderson in
this short documentary by The Atlantic.

This video is part of
The Atlantic's October cover story, "The Black Family in the Age of Mass
Incarceration." Read the full story:

Authors: Greyson Korhonen, Daniel Lombroso, Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg, Ta-Nehisi Coates

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