Rikers Island - A National Disgrace

Kalief Browder, who was arrested at sixteen and spent three years at Rikers Island jail awaiting trial for a crime he did not commit, is not the only victim of Rikers who spent years behind bars without trial and ultimately lost his life. For every victim of the island, there are family members who suffer as well. Today we are reminded of this suffering by the tragic news of Kalief’s mothers death. The Daily News reported Venida Browder died of a broken heart. Is it really acceptable to consider people who are held indefinitely and suffer physical abuse, mental abuse and death, without ever having a trial, as necessary collateral damage? How is this any type of sensible crime prevention s

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