Kalief Browder (May 25, 1993 – June 6, 2015) was an African American man from The Bronx, New York, known for being held in jail for three years at Rikers Island when he was unable to make bail. He was in solitary confinement for two years.
He was released when the prosecutor's case was found to be lacking evidence against him and the main witness had left the United States. Two years after his release, Browder committed suicide at his mother's home. His supporters say his death was the result of the mental, physical and sexual abuse he sustained in prison. His case has been cited by activists campaigning for reform of the New York City criminal justice system and has attracted widespread attention in the years following his death. In 2017, Jay-Z and Harvey Weinstein produced a television documentary mini-series titled Time: The Kalief Browder Story. In January 2019, New York City settled a civil lawsuit with the Browder family for $ 3.3 million.