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Kalief Browder, Teen Held at Rikers for 3 Years Without a Trial, Found Dead

Rikers Island Correctional Facility (Seth Wenig/AP)
Rikers Island Correctional Facility (Seth Wenig/AP)

Jessica Roy, NEW YORK MAGAZINE

NEW YORK (New York Magazine) — Kalief Browder, the 22-year-old Bronx resident who was incarcerated as a teenager for years at Rikers without being convicted of a crime, was found dead by suicide in his mother’s home this weekend.

Browder was the subject of a 2014 New Yorker story that chronicled the violence and mistreatment he endured at Rikers — including two years in solitary confinement — after being accused of stealing a backpack at age 16. Browder maintained that he never stole anything, but he was still held for three years without a trial and subjected to brutal beatings by both guards and other inmates, some of which were captured in surveillance footage later published by The New Yorker.
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