Kalief Browder

Kalief Browder
Browder in October 2014
Born(1993-05-25)May 25, 1993
The Bronx, New York, US
DiedJune 6, 2015(2015-06-06) (aged 22)
The Bronx, New York, US
Cause of deathSuicide by hanging
Resting placeThe Bronx, New York, US
Alma materBronx Community College
Known forWrongful imprisonment victim

Kalief Browder (May 25, 1993 – June 6, 2015) was an African American youth from The Bronx, New York, who was held at the Rikers Island jail complex, without trial, between 2010 and 2013 for allegedly stealing a backpack containing valuables. During his imprisonment, Browder was kept in solitary confinement for 800 days.

Two years after his release, Browder hanged himself at his parents' home. His case has been cited by activists campaigning for reform of the New York City criminal justice system and has attracted widespread attention in the years following his death. In 2017, Jay-Z produced a television documentary mini-series titled Time: The Kalief Browder Story. In January 2019, New York City settled a civil lawsuit with the Browder family for $3.3 million.[1]

  1. ^ Weiser, Benjamin (January 24, 2019). "Kalief Browder's Suicide Brought Changes to Rikers. Now It Has Led to a $3 Million Settlement". The New York Times. Retrieved April 13, 2022.

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