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Spike TV documentary to highlight Kalief Browder case

A powerful trailer has been released for TIME: The Kalief Browder Story, a documentary series executive produced by Jay Z about the boy whose horrific treatment in New York City’s criminal justice system led him to take his own life.

Browder was accused of robbery when he was 16 and imprisoned in New York’s infamous Rikers Island jail for three years while he waited for a trial.

He spent two of those three years in solitary confinement.

After reading about Browder in The New Yorker, Jay Z reached out to him.

The harrowing trailer features interviews with Browder and his family, as well as footage of the horrors that take place inside Rikers.

Browder’s tragic story was also a focus of Ava DuVernay’s Netflix documentary 13th, where she explains how the criminal justice system has become a de facto form of slavery for many black and brown people in America.

With 13th and TIME: The Kalief Browder Story, both DuVernay and Jay Z are helping to give a platform to voices and injustice that might not otherwise be heard.

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