By Marcy Mistrett, CEO
Anniversaries can be moments of celebration or they can be reminders of our losses and short-comings. The exoneration and settlement awarded to of five young men charged with rape, assault, robbery , attempted murder, and rioting in NY in 2014 juxtaposed to the tragic suicide of Kalief Browder in 2015 underscores this fact.
Today is the 4th anniversary of Kalief Browder’s death; he was 22 years young when he took his life, after spending three years on Rikers Island in New York as a teenager, two of which were spent in solitary confinement. His story moved a nation—and the state of New York fundamentally changed the way it looked at 16 & 17 year olds in their justice system.