Kalief’s story became symbolic of a broken criminal justice system. In 2010, the then-16-year-old was arrested on robbery charges for allegedly stealing a backpack. He spent three years on Rikers Island, a lengthy profile in the New Yorker reported, because his case continued to be delayed. During that time, he was abused by correction officers as well as fellow inmates, and was put in solitary confinement a number of times, including one 17-month stint. In total, he spent roughly two years solitary.Eventually, the case was dismissed because the complainant left the country. Kalief returned home to live with his mom and brothers, but the impact of the time lost behind bars—and the experiences he had there—weighed heavily on him. In June 2015, he committed suicide. His family told the New Yorker that Kalief was paranoid and depressed.The night before he hanged himself using a cord made from his bed sheets (which he learned from his time at Rikers), he told Venida, “Ma, I can’t take it anymore.”

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