Kalief Browder committed suicide on June 6, 2015, at the age of 22, but in many ways he actually began slowly dying years prior.
Browder was arrested in May of 2010 in the Bronx, New York, at the age of 16 for allegedly stealing a backpack. Ordinarily, he would have been released right away because he was a juvenile, however because he was already on probation the judge in the case ordered Browder to be held in Rikers Island, with his bail set at $3500.
Unable to make bail, Browder spent three years in Rikers without a conviction. Two of those years he was held in solitary confinement.
Browder refused to take a plea deal, insisting he was innocent. While in jail he endured beatings by guards and other inmates. He attempted suicide six times while incarcerated.
In June of 2013, his case was dismissed without ever going to trial.
Jay Z wanted to she light on this tragic story. He partnered with the Weinstein Co. to produce a docu-series on Browder and the criminal justice system titled “Time: The Kalief Browder Story.”
Watch part one below