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April 6, 2020

After years of using my brother’s name in an attempt to address the systemic injustices that led to his tragic death, New York State passed a budget that reneges on every promise they made to ensure pretrial justice. 

My brother Kalief was the victim of an unjust, unequal and racist criminal legal system. He sat behind bars on Rikers Island for three years as an innocent teenager, waiting for his day in court. The charges were eventually dropped, but the unimaginable psychological and physical abuse he suffered drove him to take his own life after he was released.  

The new bail reform law enact...

October 21, 2019

Last week, Thursday, in NYC, emotions were high, tension was explosive and decisions were made to build four new jails and to close Rikers Island by 2026. A concept that myself at 15 years old Kalief at 16 years old could never conceive. Of course the vision to Shutdownrikers that is responsible for trauma in people like me and my brother and left a horrendous stain in New York’s history is an epic development. 

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As many know I have taken the torch in my family's name to advocate both for better conditions and to shut down this facility. In all honesty, I couldn’t agree with a city that ex...

When he came home after three years on Rikers Island, NY, and two years spent in solitary confinement, Kalief Browder was changed. He was still a child when he was arrested, only 16 years old, and he was never convicted of any crime. He was stuck in detention all that time because he could not afford bail. But he paid an even higher price. 

Kalief tried to hang himself in solitary, then again after he was released. He tried to go back to school, but was in and out of mental institutions. Kalief would spend days on end in his room, in a self-imposed solitary confinement. He would set up bottles on hi...

June 20, 2019

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Dear Neighbors,

My name is Akeem Browder, and I’m writing to you because on June 25th, the people of Queens will go to the polls to vote in the Democratic primary for Queens District Attorney. I know from experience what can happen when the system isn’t on your side. My brother Kalief spent almost three years on Rikers Island for a minor charge that was eventually dropped — but it was too little, too late. Rikers broke him, and two years after he got out, he committed suicide.

Now, Melinda Katz is running for District Attorney, and claiming she’ll fix the criminal justice system that broke my brother...

November 20, 2018

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A forum on Rikers Island’s future that pitted law-enforcement professionals against prison reformers Nov. 14 was contentious and sometimes overheated as they staked out familiar positions: one reformer insisted Rikers had abandoned rehabilitation in favor of retribution, while his adversaries said the jail system’s flaws would continue even if Rikers was shut down.

The temperature rose noticeably a half-hour into the event in a basement conference room at Nyack College in Battery Park when Correction Officers Benevolent Association President Elias Husamudeen arrived. He and Akeem Browder, the politi...

July 25, 2018

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"we now acknowledge as new set of holidays in our communities. Starting with acknowledging our lost souls"- Akeem Browder of the KBF

May 2, 2018

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Criminal Justice Reform in the State of New York is a responsibility for everyone to know and understand for the future of our kids. However, what direction is NYS headed?

April 24, 2017

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Blacks and Latinos are the population which is mostly impacted by mass incarceration, therefore as we celebrate Latino Heritage Month we want to use this platform to outline the various benefits of facilitating access to higher education for the people who have criminal justice involvement.

April 24, 2017

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