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Kalief Browder

How Kalief Browder's Dad Reinforced A Problematic View Of Black Prisoners

The Huffington Post | Zahara Hill | Posted 04.11.2017 | Black Voices

The final episode of “Time: The Kalief Browder Story,” which followed the unjustified three-year incarceration of a teenager at the infamously tro...

Here's How NYC Corrections Could Change After Rikers Island Shuts Down

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.02.2017 | Politics

An independent criminal justice reform commission in New York City has released a report with one simple conclusion: “We must close the jail complex...

This Former Inmate Wants To Close Rikers Island, And He Has The Mayor's Attention

The Huffington Post | Zahara Hill | Posted 03.10.2017 | Black Voices

For former inmate and current criminal justice reform advocate Glenn Martin, his journey over the bridge connecting New York City to the infamously vi...

Jay Z: Kalief Browder Was A 'Prophet' Who Taught Us 'How To Love Better'

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 03.02.2017 | Black Voices

Jay Z thinks we can all learn something from Kalief Browder, the young man who took his own life after spending three years in jail without a trial or...

New Docuseries Highlights How The System Failed Kalief Browder

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 03.02.2017 | Black Voices

A new docuseries titled “Time: The Kalief Browder Story” explores what can happen when systematic inequality, the dismissal of mental health issue...

Kalief Browder's Sister Remembers Him As 'Normal Kid,' But Rikers Changed That

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.23.2017 | Black Voices

“He was a normal kid growing up.” That’s how Nicole Browder remembers her youngest brother Kalief. It’s been more than a year since 22-year-o...

Jay Z Hopes Kalief Browder's Story Will 'Save A Lot Of Lives'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 01.27.2017 | Black Voices

Jay Z’s latest project takes on a serious, but important subject. On Wednesday, the music mogul premiered his forthcoming Spike TV docu-series, “T...

Jay Z Is Bringing Kalief Browder's Heartbreaking Story To Television

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 10.07.2016 | Black Voices

In 2010, allegations over a stolen backpack changed one teen’s life forever. Now, Jay Z and The Weinstein Company are teaming up to bring that harro...

A Look Back On Kalief Browder, A New York Teen Jailed For Years With No Conviction

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 09.15.2016 | HuffPost Live 321


Despite Public Outrage, Bail Reform Still Needed in New York City

Randal John Meyer | Posted 02.22.2017 | Politics
Randal John Meyer

In October 2014, New York City erupted in outrage at the story of Kalief Browder. Browder spent three years in confinement awaiting trial for stealing a backpack. Browder tragically committed suicide in 2015. He was held at Rikers because, like many of the City's most vulnerable residents, he could not post his $3,000 bail.

Kalief Browder: Let Us Never Forget His Name

Cheryl Carlesimo | Posted 02.09.2017 | Black Voices
Cheryl Carlesimo

Let's all keep Kalief Browder's name and sacrifice alive. As Black History month starts. Let's add Kalief Browder's name to the list of heroes who died so that others might live a better life.

Kalief Browder's Family To Sue New York City For $20 Million

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 08.07.2015 | Black Voices

The family of Kalief Browder -- the Bronx teen who spent three years in New York City's notorious Rikers Island jail without a conviction -- will sue ...

After Kalief Browder's Death, U.S. Lawmakers Demand Better Treatment of Incarcerated Kids

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) announced Wednesday that she is introducing several bills to improve the treatment of incarcerated you...

Criminal Justice Reforms Must Include Youth Behind Bars

Liz Ryan | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Liz Ryan

The president and congress should not leave out youth behind bars in efforts to reform criminal justice this year and their actions must focus on reforms at both the federal and state level. Kalief Browder and Andre Sheffield's deaths are a sobering reminder to the president and the congress of the urgency and the need to ensure youth behind bars are not left behind.

Is Violence the New Normal? Why We Must End Solitary Confinement for Youth

Alex M. Johnson | Posted 07.17.2016 | Politics
Alex M. Johnson

I don't want to wait for another Kalief Browder to remind us why ending this practice is essential. End solitary confinement now.

The Tragedy of Kalief Browder and the Merits of Pretrial Release

Lindsay Holcomb | Posted 07.02.2016 | College
Lindsay Holcomb

The physical and psychological violence inflicted upon Browder from arrest to release by the same institutions which purport to keep us safe is a stain on the consciousness of every New Yorker as it was carried out in our name as the mangled byproduct of our collective democratic will.

Christopher Mathias

Here's Kalief Browder's Heartbreaking Research Paper On Solitary Confinement | Christopher Mathias | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices

Bronx Community College was proud of Kalief Browder. At the end of the 2014-15 school year, the 22-year-old had an impressive 3.55 grade point ave...

The Intersection of Race, Class and the Constitution: Kalief Browder

Sheena C. Howard | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Sheena C. Howard

The Kalief Browder case reminds me that no one like me was at the table when the Constitution was created. What good are Constitutional rights, if they are not afforded to everyone?

Kalief Browder's Death Shows the Lethality of Our Broken Court System

Raj Jayadev | Posted 06.19.2016 | Crime
Raj Jayadev

While Kalief Browder is no longer alive, there are entire generations who can be saved from his fate if this historic moment of calling for police accountability expanded its lens to the court system.

Kalief Browder, Not Rachel Dolezal, Is Key To Understanding Race In America

The Atlantic | Posted 06.17.2015 | Black Voices

I took some time this weekend to re-read Jennifer Gonnerman’s piece on the odyssey of Kalief Browder....

The Humanity of the Guilty: A Crime Survivor's Path of Forgiveness

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg | Posted 06.15.2016 | Crime
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

In my work as an advocate and writer, I've encountered countless men and women who are incarcerated for crimes they did not commit. There is a particular tragedy to these cases.

The Dehumanization Of Black Children: Tamir Rice, Kalief Browder And Dajerria Becton

Alexandros Orphanides | Posted 06.14.2016 | Black Voices
Alexandros Orphanides

That institutional racism exists is not to be denied. That it permeates the very social fabric of America is manifest in our attitudes. There are many costs for these great injustices, not the least being the lives of children. In our schools, playgrounds and pools, America has a problem with Black children. And it is costing them their lives.

The Kalief Browder Case: First We Blame, Then We Reform

Steven Brill | Posted 06.12.2016 | Crime
Steven Brill

At the age of 19, Kalief was released back into the world. Just this week [update timing], Mr. Browder, now 22, hung himself. He took his own life, but there are those who say it was the system that killed him.

Christopher Mathias

Anger And Grief At Vigil For Kalief Browder | Christopher Mathias | Posted 06.12.2015 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- A vigil Thursday evening for Kalief Browder -- the young Bronx man who died by suicide this week after spending his teenage years in jail ...

If I Could Talk to Kalief Browder

Shaka Senghor | Posted 06.09.2016 | Crime
Shaka Senghor

The news of your death is heartbreaking. It has stirred my soul and inspired me to action. It is soul stirring because I refuse to let your death be in vain. I cannot, shall not and will not allow your story to go quietly away.