“Kalief is a prophet,” Jay tweeted. “His story will save lives . You guys watching and your compassion made this happen. Thank you.”
Kalief is a prophet. His story will save lives . You guys watching and your compassion made this happen. Thank you . pic.twitter.com/Vvnt9tDBeR
— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) March 31, 2017
John Legend, who has spearheaded an effort to end mass incarceration, also shared his thoughts on the mayor’s announcement:
In closing Rikers, New York City takes a crucial step towards ending #massincarceration. Now the hard work begins.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) March 31, 2017
The six-part docuseries, Time: The Kalief Browder Story, premiered on Spike TV in March, and follows Browder as he struggles to acclimate back into to society after his release from Rikers. The 22-year-old Bronx native gives a chilling recount of the trauma that he endured while being held at the infamous facility to await trial for a crime he didn’t commit.
Browder spent there years inside Rikers, most of which was in solitary confinement. The post-traumatic stress ultimately ruined Browder’s mental health, and resulted in his 2015 suicide.
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