Kalief Browder (May 25, 1993 – June 6, 2015) was an African American man from The Bronx, New York. In 2010, at the age of 16, Browder was accused of the theft of a backpack. Awaiting his trial, Browder was jailed on Rikers Island for three years, nearly two of which were spent in solitary confinement. He was released when the prosecutor's case was found to be lacking evidence against Browder and the case's main witness had left the United States. Two years after his release from prison, Browder died after hanging himself from an air conditioning unit outside his mother's home. Browder's supporters say his suicide was the result of mental, physical and sexual abuse sustained in prison. His case has been cited from activists campaigning for the 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 released a television documentary series titled Time: The Kalief Browder Story.