Kalief Browder Estate Settles With The State Of New York For $ 3.3 Million

Bronx, New York teen #KaliefBrowder was only 16 years old when he was falsely identified for robbery. Without conviction Kalief was forced to endure years of pain mentally, physically and emotionally at the hands of a faulty legal system. Can you believe a 16 year old was left to spend countless amount of days within solitary confinement and in the end all he received was a “ oh, you can go home” ? Kalief suffered immensely from his experience in jail, but he never folded. He would not allow the system to break his moral character. His dying wish was to not only prove his innocence, but expose the ugly truth of the justice system. 

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According to the #NewYorkTimes after years of back and fourth, the state of New York has finally reached an agreement to settle. Within a wrongful death lawsuit filled by the Browder family, the city has now agreed to pay $3.3 million. Unfortunately due to years of psychological damage he endured while in jail; Browder comitted suicide in 2015 within his home in the Bronx by, hanging himself with the cord to his air conditioner. He now survives through this father, 5 brothers and 1 sister.

“It’s bittersweet that the city had a chance to settle the case while he was alive or before his mom passed away, but I hope his surviving family members can take some justice from this,” states Paul Prestia, Browder’s Family former lawyer. “He was a hero whose story touched so many people around the world, and I’m thankful he was a part of my life. He changed the criminal justice system.”