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TIME: The Kalief Browder Story – Mini Series (2017)

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Co-produced by rapper Jay-Z, TIME: THE KALIEF BROWDER STORY is a documentary series that tells the story of the late Kalief Browder, a young black teenager who spent over 1000 days in a New York City prison without ever receiving a trial.

On May 15, 2010, the 16-year-old Bronx high school student was arrested after being accused of stealing someone’s backpack. With the help of interviews with family members, attorneys, prison video, and additional media footage, it recounts how he ended up at Riker’s Island and incarcerated for three years, two of which he spent in solitary confinement, before the charges were dismissed.

It also includes archived interviews with Kalief once he was out of prison, many of which reveal the devastating effects the experience had on him, and how it eventually led to his suicide in 2015. Throughout it all, the series highlights the dysfunctional nature of New York’s criminal justice system, as well as some of the efforts made to fix it after Kalief’s story received national attention.


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Part 1 – The System

A comprehensive look at Kalief Browder, who spent three years in prison without being convicted of a crime, and the injustices present in the criminal justice system.


Part 2 – The Island

A look at the early days of Kalief’s incarceration at Rikers Island, where he gets introduced to a world of violence, corruption and gangs, forcing Kalief to defend himself from other inmates and corrections officers.


Part 3 – The Bing

Kalief refuses to plead guilty in his case, demanding a trial; Kalief is caught in the revolving door of solitary confinement and endures torture in the name of justice while his case crawls through a stagnant court.


Part 4 – The Witness

After a delay in the case, a missing witness is found that reveals sloppy detective work; Kalief is faced with time served but refuses to plead guilty to a crime he didn’t commit, and is released a month later without explanation.


Part 5 – Injustice For All

Kalief becomes a folk hero and the poster child of a broken system, attracting journalists and celebrities as he fights for justice, but he begins to deteriorate under the bright spotlight of the media.


Part 6 – The After Life

Family tensions are high when Kalief’s estranged father tries to take over the case and settlement negotiation; Kalief’s mother Venida fights depression and bad health, and suffers a massive heart attack.