Time: The Kalief Browder Story (Spike, 2017)
Executive produced by Jay-Z, Time: The Kalief Browder Story recounts the story of the titular Bronx high school student who was imprisoned for three years, two of them in solitary confinement, on Rikers Island, without being convicted of a crime.
Browder was accused at 16 of stealing a backpack, and his family was unable to afford his bail, set at $3,000. Two years after his release, Browder hanged himself at his parents’ home and his case has been cited by activists campaigning for reform of the New York City criminal justice system. Almost two years after the release of the documentary, New York City settled a civil lawsuit with the Browder family for $3.3 million.
Time: The Kalief Browder Story is one of the best true crime documentaries in recent years as it sheds light on a whole host of issues, especially the need for prison reform throughout the U.S. Though heartbreaking, the documentary is a testament that one can still change a broken system even in death.