On Monday, June 27 at 19:30 GMT: Almeer Nance was 16 years previous when he joined two different individuals in an armed theft that ended within the homicide of a retailer supervisor within the US state of Tennessee.
However although he didn’t fireplace the deadly shot throughout the assault in Knoxville in 1996, Nance was tried as an grownup, convicted of felony homicide, after which sentenced to a minimal of 51 years in jail. In marked distinction, one other teenage confederate obtained only a one-year time period.
Nance’s case is the main focus of Fault Strains’ new movie “51 Years Behind Bars“. The documentary examines Tennessee’s strict legal guidelines on necessary minimal sentencing for homicide – that are being challenged on the state’s supreme courtroom – and follows Nance’s household and supporters as they combat to deliver him residence.
Whereas Tennessee has a number of the US’s most punitive sentencing legal guidelines, different US states additionally take a harsh line relating to prosecuting juveniles – particularly kids and younger individuals of color. 13 US states, together with Tennessee, haven’t any minimal age for making an attempt kids as adults. “Youngsters as younger as eight can nonetheless be charged as an grownup, held in an grownup jail, and sentenced to excessive sentences in an grownup jail,” the Equal Justice Initiative says.
The distinction between how kids and younger individuals are handled by US courts and jail programs and another elements of the world is stark. In Germany, kids underneath 14 should not held criminally accountable, whereas within the Netherlands the age of felony accountability is 12.
Lately, some US states have adopted a extra progressive strategy. Massachusetts in 2018 raised the age of juvenile courtroom jurisdiction from seven to 12 – a part of a wider overhaul of justice legal guidelines which have resulted in a drop in arrests and jail time for younger offenders. Advocates for US reform say that adopting restorative justice is an efficient solution to rehabilitate juvenile offenders and restore the injury brought on by the crime, whereas additionally tackling stubbornly excessive recidivism charges throughout the nation.Why does the US permit kids to face many years in jail?
On this episode of The Stream we’ll take a look at “51 Years Behind Bars”, ask why so many kids and younger individuals convicted of crimes within the US face such punitive sentences, and think about what reforms are doable.
On this episode of The Stream, we’re joined by: Rahim Buford, @Rahimbuford Director, Unheard Voices Outreach unheardvoicesoutreach.org
Rafiah Muhammad-McCormick Co-ordinator for Group Outreach, Tennesseans for Options to the Loss of life Penalty (TADP) tennesseedeathpenalty.org/workers
Michael Bochenek, @MichaelBochenek Senior counsel on kids’s rights, Human Rights Watch hrw.org
An arms analysis institute says the danger of nuclear battle is larger at present than at any time for the reason that peak of the Chilly Warfare.
Russian forces have blown up a bridge over the Siverskyi Donets River, which hyperlinks the embattled metropolis of Severodonetsk to its twin metropolis of Lysychansk, slicing off a doable evacuation route for civilians, native officers say.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Russian casualties for the reason that begin of the battle could go 40,000 in June.
Moscow-backed officers are solidifying their maintain on occupied territories by putting in Russian flags within the Melitopol administrative centre, and flying them on a freeway to the strategic metropolis of Mariupol, with the signal to the port metropolis’s entrance painted within the Russian flag colors.
The self-proclaimed officers additionally celebrated Russia Day on Sunday and started issuing Russian passports to residents in Melitopol, Russian state-owned RIA Novosti says.
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Russian mountaineer hoists Ukrainian flag on Mt Everest
A Russian mountain climber and blogger has made a stand in opposition to her nation’s invasion of Ukraine by unfurling the Ukrainian flag when she reached the highest of Mt Everest.
Ekaterina Lipka’s photograph on the summit of Everest has gone viral after being shared by Ukraine’s former Ambassador to Austria, Olexander Scherba, on Twitter final Sunday.
The climber additionally posted a photograph of herself on the mountain with an indication that mentioned “Free Navalny”, in assist of Alexei Navalny, an anti-corruption activist and opposition chief in Russia who in March was sentenced to 9 years in a penal colony.
Russian-owned successor of McDonald’s opens in Moscow
Three months after McDonald’s suspended operations in Russia, tons of of individuals streamed into its well-known former outlet on Moscow’s Pushkin Sq. because the restaurant reopened Sunday underneath a Russian proprietor and a brand new identify.
The emblem is completely different, however nonetheless evokes the golden arches: a circle and two yellow oblongs — representing a beef patty and french fries. It wasn’t till a few hours earlier than the Pushkin Sq. restaurant opened that the Russian chain’s new identify was introduced: Vkusno-i Tochka (Tasty-period).
Fifteen of the previous McDonald’s had been set to reopen in Moscow on Sunday. Oleg Paroev, the chain’s normal director, mentioned he goals to have 200 open by the top of the month.
McDonald’s offered its 850 eating places to businessman Alexander Govor, who held licences for 25 franchises in Siberia.
Kyiv exhibition showcases remnants of Russia’s battle on Ukraine
An exhibition has opened within the Ukrainian capital Kyiv showcasing the paraphernalia of the battle underway within the nation.
From captured automobiles and picked up remnants of missiles, all the way in which to slippers, toothbrushes and burner telephones that the Russian army used and left behind, have been placed on show on the Nationwide Museum of the Historical past of Ukraine within the Second World Warfare.
Head of Instructional Division Dmytro Hainetdinov mentioned that most of the objects had been collected by the museum’s employees whereas visiting newly liberated areas with the intention to “spotlight some specific aspects of the battle waged by Russia on Ukraine”.
“The aim of this exhibition is to boost the attention of individuals of this battle with the assistance of genuine artefacts,” Hainetdinov mentioned.
Arms analysis institute says world nuclear arsenals anticipated to develop
The worldwide stockpile of nuclear weapons might quickly rise once more for the primary time for the reason that Chilly Warfare as a consequence of world tensions, the Stockholm Worldwide Peace Analysis Institute (SIPRI) has mentioned.
“Russia has even made open threats about doable nuclear weapon use within the context of the battle in Ukraine,” SIPRI mentioned in a abstract launching its yearbook 2022.
“Though there have been some vital positive factors in each nuclear arms management and nuclear disarmament prior to now 12 months, the danger of nuclear weapons getting used appears larger now than at any time for the reason that peak of the chilly battle,” SIPRI Director Dan Smith mentioned.
The previous 12 months noticed a slight discount within the complete variety of nuclear warheads to an estimated 12,705 worldwide. Round 90 % of all nuclear weapons are held by the US and Russia.
Zelenskyy accuses Russian generals of utilizing troopers as ‘cannon fodder’
Zelenskyy has mentioned Moscow’s ways had not modified within the battle and that poorly-trained Russian reserves had been now being deployed within the battle for Donbas, the place “each metre” is being fought over.
“The Russian military is making an attempt to deploy reserve forces in Donbas. However what reserves can they’ve now?” Zelenskyy requested in his every day handle to the nation.
“Evidently they are going to attempt to throw into battle poorly educated conscripts and people who had been gathered by covert mobilisation,” he mentioned.
“Russian generals see their individuals merely because the cannon fodder they should acquire a bonus in numbers,” he added.
Russian battle casualties could prime 40,000 this month: Ukraine president
Zelenskyy has mentioned that Russian casualties for the reason that begin of the battle could go 40,000 in June.
Chatting with the nation on Sunday in his 109th every day handle for the reason that begin of the Russian invasion, Zelenskyy additionally reiterated Ukraine’s name for superior air defence techniques from the West.
He mentioned that such defences might have averted many tragedies, together with an air assault on Ternopil on Sunday after which 10 individuals stay in hospital, together with a 12-year-old woman.
Zelenskyy mentioned that such incidents had been changing Peter the Nice and novelist Leo Tolstoy as how the world now considered Russia.
Russia destroys bridge over Ukrainian river, slicing escape route
Russian forces have blown up a bridge linking the embattled Ukrainian metropolis of Severodonetsk to a different metropolis throughout the river, slicing off a doable evacuation route for civilians, native officers have mentioned.
Russian forces have taken a lot of the metropolis, however Ukrainian troops stay accountable for an industrial space and the Azot chemical plant, the place tons of of civilians are sheltering.
However the Russians had destroyed a bridge over the Siverskyi Donets River linking Severodonetsk with its twin metropolis of Lysychansk, governor of Luhansk Serhiy Haidai mentioned.
“If after new shelling the bridge collapses, town will actually be reduce off. There might be no manner of leaving Severodonetsk in a car,” Haidai mentioned, noting the dearth of a ceasefire settlement and no agreed evacuation corridors.
Russian flags seen at entrance to Mariupol
A brand new metropolis signal painted within the colors of the Russian flag was unveiled on the outskirts of Mariupol, changing a monument which had been within the blue and gold of Ukraine.
Russian flags had been additionally being flown on a freeway into the port metropolis, which is now totally underneath the management of Moscow-backed forces.
Based on Kremlin-installed authorities, the seaport is now able to function as typical and was getting used to ship items to and from Russia.
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