Kalief Browder was 16-years old when he was arrested for allegedly stealing a backpack. He was thrown into Rikers Island, where he spent three years without ever getting a trial. During that time he was beaten by guards, jumped by other inmates, & locked in solitary confinement for hundreds of days.
When he was finally released, his spirit was broken and he ultimately committed suicide. His story is being told in a Jay Z-produced six-part series on Spike TV titled "Time: The Kalief Browder Story".
Brooklyn emcee Maino just released a new song, "The Ghost Of Kalief Browder", giving his perspective on the unjust series of events.