Kalief Browder

Kalief Browder

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Cutting off the school-to-prison pipeline

“I am innocent.” These three words caught my attention as I watched “Time: The Kalief Browder Story,” a six-part documentary series that aired on SpikeTV throughout the month of March to the beginning of April.

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The Kalief Browder story should have been even more real

Had it focused only on the subject matter, it would have been a very good film. What elevated “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” to great was that it nuanced how common behaviors we may take for granted can powerfully affect a singular life.

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DeBlasio announces plans to close Rikers Island

Mayor Bill de Blasio, joined by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, announces his plans to close Rikers Island as a result of a report on the detention facility set for release on Sunday.

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‘Time: The Kalief Browder Story’ shows failure of justice system

Kalief Browder isn’t the only young, Black person to have been failed by the justice system overall.

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State Assembly passes ‘Kalief’s Law’ to reform pretrial detention

Last week, the New York State Assembly passed law S 5988-A /A 8296-A, known as “Kalief’s Law,” to reform New York’s speedy trial provision and improve the effectiveness of the state’s criminal justice system, ensuring that people aren’t unjustly held in pretrial detention for longer than needed.

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Cries for justice after Kalief Browder suicide

Backlash continues over the suicide of 22-year-old Kalief Browder, the young Black man who hung himself June 6 after being held for three years on Rikers Island awaiting trial on a robbery charge that was eventually dismissed.