Kalief Browder: A Voice to End Solitary & Drive Reform
TIME: The Kalief Browder Story aired on Spike TV from March 1, 2017 through April 5, 2017. The documentary series, produced by Jay-Z and Harvey Weinstein, follows the story of Kalief Browder, a sixteen year old arrested in the Bronx for allegedly stealing a backpack. Kalief ended up in solitary confinement on Rikers Island without ever being found guilty of a crime and later took his own life in 2015. The series focuses on systemic issues facing millions of American young people in the criminal and juvenile justice systems: youth in adult prisons, courtroom delay, solitary confinement, jail conditions, corruption, criminalization of poverty, foster care, and access to mental health services. TIME showed millions of viewers the human cost of solitary confinement. Within days of the final episode of TIME, New York Mayor Bill De Blasio announced plans to close Rikers Island. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also signed legislation raising the age of jurisdiction for most youth in New York to eighteen.
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