Arrested at 16, Though Innocent, Jailed Anyway, Ensured Beatings & Solitary Confinement

“[A judge] is not gonna make me say I did something just so I can go home,” he told ABC News in a 2013 interview. “If I gotta stay here five more months just to prove that I’m innocent, then so be it”, he said.

Name Finally Cleared…But Too Late…So Traumatized by 3 Years at Rikers Without Charge…

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COMMITTED SUICIDE…Twelve days after his 22nd birthday, Kalief Browder wrapped an air-conditioner power cord around his neck and hanged himself. In 2010, at the age of 16, he was arrested after being accused of stealing a backpack. He would spend three years in New York City’s Rikers Island prison, more than two of those years in solitary confinement. He was beaten by prison guards and inmates alike. He was not serving a sentence; he was in pretrial detention. He declined all plea bargains. He wanted his day in court, to prove his innocence. A judge finally dismissed the case against him. After his release, Kalief Browder tried to reclaim his life. In the end, the nightmare he lived through overwhelmed him. Two years after his release, he committed suicide…

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