The Kalief Browder Story (Trailer)
In 2010, Browder was arrested at age 16 after being accused of stealing a backpack. Unable to make bail, he refused to accept a plea deal, maintaining his innocence, and was held at Rikers until 2013, when a judge dismissed his case.
Browder committed suicide in 2015. His lawyer said that the conditions he endured at Rikers, including being placed in solitary confinement, contributed directly to his death. His story has since been cited in criticisms of solitary confinement, especially for young people, and in calls to reform the criminal-justice system.
The Kalief Browder Story premieres March 1 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT on Spike.