TIME: The Kalief Browder Story is a compelling six-part documentary event series that tells the story of Kalief Browder, a 16-year-old African-American student who spent three years in jail on Rikers Island without ever being convicted of a crime. For two of those years, Browder was held in solitary confinement or administrative segregation.
In June 2015, Browder committed suicide by hanging himself. The conditions of his detention were widely seen as having caused his mental condition and five or six prior attempts at suicide while incarcerated, so much so that six days after his death, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy invoked Browder’s experience in his opinion regarding an unrelated case.
This compelling television event that takes a comprehensive look at Browder’s story using first-person accounts, archival footage, and cinematic recreations of key scenes from Browder’s life to present a definitive narrative of the shocking story that became a symbolic touchstone for criminal justice activism and reform.
Premiering Wednesday, March 1 (10:00-11:00pm ET/PT) on Spike TV.
This informative event series that will forever change the way we look at the criminal justice system in this country, with groundbreaking features, such as exclusive interviews from a range of those connected to the story, from politicians to close friends and family members to social reformers.
Executive Producers include Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, Harvey Weinstein, David C. Glasser, Jenner Furst, Nick Sandow, Julia Willoughby Nason, and Michael Gasparro with Jenner Furst as director and Spike TV.