Kalief Browder was a teen from the Bronx, who was put in jail for three years and spent two of them in solitary confinement. All for allegedly stealing a backpack. Browder went through 31 hearings with no conviction prior to his release, despite the false charges. He took his own life in 2015, having an incredibly difficult time adjusting the life outside of jail.
Jay-Z has helped produce a documentary-series, Time: The Kalief Browder Story, that will debut on Spike TV, on March 1st at 10:00. You can watch the trailer for the six-part docuseries below.
“It’s inhumane,” Jay-Z said at a press conference about the docuseries just a couple of months ago. “It’s difficult for me to find the words, it’s so inhumane. We’re the voice,” he said. “We’re society. We affect change. We can change everything. … Our voices are stronger than ever. If everyone in this room is like, ‘I don’t agree with this happening to a 16-year-old,’ then it won’t happen again. It’s that simple.“