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A Family Weathers a Life Sentence

Sep 14, 2015 | 59 videos
Video by The Atlantic

Odell 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. More on Odell's story can be found in Ta-Nehisi Coates's October cover story, "The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration."

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

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