The story of Kalief Browder is coming to the small screen next year.
Jay Z Rocnation imprint and the producer Harvey Weinstine is set to bring the story of Kalief Browder to Spike TV in March. The six part docuseries highlights Kalief time spent in the infamous Rikers Island jail in New York City. Browder was arrested for allegedly stealing a backpack when he was 16 years old.
Browder proclaimed his innocence and was sent to Rikers Island for three years without a trial. Two of those years were spent in solitary confinement. Eventually, his charges were dropped and he was released. In the trailer for the six-part series that was released today, it features archival footage of Browder. a young man who committed suicide in 2015 at the age of 22 years old.
Browder ommitted suicide in 2015 at the age of 22 years old.
Jay Z, met Browder after he was released from Rikers, says his story was important to document in this series.
“Kalief Browder is a modern day prophet; his story a failure of the judicial process,” he explained. “A young man, and I emphasize young man, who lost his life because of a broken system. 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.”
Watch the trailer below.