Jay Z and the Weinstein Company are teaming up for a six-part docuseries centered on Kalief Browder, a young student who spent three years at Rikers Island without conviction. The series, entitled Time: The Kalief Browder Story, takes a detailed look at the nation's broke criminal justice system and is set to debut on Spike in January.
"Kalief Browder is a modern-day prophet; his story a failure of the judicial process," Jay Z said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter Thursday. "A young man, and I emphasize young man, who lost his life because of a broken system." Browder's tragedy, Jay added, "brought atrocities to light" and should inspire those in positions of power to do all they can to give other young men a "chance at justice."
Browder, who was 16 years old when he was arrested on his way home from a party for allegedly stealing a backpack, spent two of his three years at Rikers in solitary confinement. Though the charges were eventually dropped and Browder was released, he later committed suicide.