Kalief Browder’s Story: New Online Course Based on the Documentary
Beginning in 2019, the University of New Haven offers an online course based on the series: “Youth Injustice & the Kalief Browder Story.” Created by the University, the Tow Youth Justice Institute, and CCLP, the 3-credit hour course is now available at both the undergraduate and Master’s level. Students from any college or university can join the online course and transfer their credits back to their home institution.
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, the criminalization of poverty, foster care, and access to mental health services.
- Find out more about the course in a special edition of the Institute’s newsletter.
TIME: The Kalief Browder Story aired on Spike TV in March 1, 2017. The documentary series, produced by Jay-Z and Spike TV, follows the story of Kalief Browder, a sixteen year old arrested in the Bronx for allegedly stealing a backpack. He spent three years in Rikers and over 800 days in solitary confinement without ever being found guilty of a crime.He later took his own life in 2015. The series, now a 2017 Peabody Documentary Award Winner, and is available on Netflix.