Kalief Browder: A Voice to End Solitary
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. The series, now a 2017 Peabody Documentary Award Winner, and is available on Netflix.
Kalief Browder, 16 years old at the time, spent over 800 days in solitary confinement on Rikers Island without ever being found guilty of a crime. He 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.