The family of Kalief Browder, the Bronx man who was unlawfully imprisoned at Rikers Island and made headlines over the situation, have settled a wrongful death lawsuit with New York City for $3.3 million. Browder family lawyer Sanford Rubenstein revealed that papers will be submitted to "finalize the resolution of this matter."
A documentary produced by Jay Z was made about Browder, who was accused of stealing a backpack containing cash and an iPod, and was sent to Rikers Island, where he stayed, mostly in solitary confinement, for three years. During that time, Browder was neither tried or convicted of the crime. Two years after he was released on lack of evidence, Kalief, then 22, committed outside of his mother's home.
A city Law Department spokesman addressed the settlement in a statement, "Kalief Browder's story helped inspire numerous reforms to the justice system to prevent this tragedy from ever happening again, including an end to punitive segregation for young people on Rikers Island. We hope that this settlement and our continuing reforms help bring some measure of closure to the Browder family."
Source: NY Daily News