New York, NY, October 6, 2016 –
Spike and Shawn “Jay Z” Carter are pleased to announce a six-part groundbreaking television event that will take a closer look into the criminal justice system in this country.
“TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” is a documentary series chronicling the life of a 16 year-old student from the Bronx who spent three years on Rikers Island without ever being convicted of a crime. Kalief Browder was walking home from a party when he was arrested for allegedly stealing a backpack. He spent an unconscionable three years in jail awaiting trial--two of which were spent in solitary confinement. Charges were ultimately dropped, and Browder took his own life shortly after being released. Browder’s tragic story has galvanized activists and reformers alike in the name of justice.
The documentary series will feature first-person accounts, archival footage, and cinematic recreations of key scenes from Browder’s life, as well as exclusive interviews from a wide range of those connected to the story, from politicians to close friends and family members to social reformers.
"Kalief Browder is a modern day prophet; his story a failure of the judicial process,” said Carter. “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."