On any given day, there are many sad stories about young black men receiving prison sentences that they didn’t deserve and the horrifying conditions of the prisons where they are relegated to serve out their sentences. The saddest instance of this issue in recent memory, centers on the case of Bronx, New York teenager Kalief Browder.
Although an extremely painful and sad case, hopefully the upcoming documentary series on what happened to then-16-year-old Kalief Browder, who was accused of stealing a simple backpack, will shed much-needed light on the prison system, prison conditions and solitary confinement. Hip-hop superstar Jay-Z is producing the 6-part documentary TV series about Browder that is set to premiere on the Spike TV network. Industry insider Shadow and Act has further details about the documentary series that is sure to evoke tons of emotion with viewers.
Via Shadow and Act:
Jay Z set to produce the docu-series titled “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story,” which will center on the story of Kalief Browder. At only 16-years-old, Browder was arrested in 2010 for second-degree robbery and imprisoned for three years with no conviction – two of which he spent in solitary confinement. His family could not afford the $3,000 bail.
During his imprisonment, Browder maintained his innocence and refused a plea deal. Eventually, he was released in 2013 after his case was dismissed due to so many trial postponements, and his accuser left the country. In January 2015, President Barack Obama wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post urging there be an end to what he called an “overuse” of solitary confinement as prison punishment, which was influenced by the conditions in which Browder lived while at Rikers. Six months later, Browder hanged himself.
[While discussing the documentary] Jay-Z said, “Kalief Browder is a modern-day prophet; his story a failure of the judicial process. His tragedy has brought atrocities to light and now we must confront the issues and events that occurred so other young men can have a chance at justice.”
After making its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017, TIME: The Kalief Browder Story, will make its television debut on Spike TV on March 1st at 10pm EST. You can check out the just-released trailer for the documentary BELOW:
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