Because of this man who was robbed holding a bias towards all young black males, Kalief had to spend what could have been the best years of his life behind bars. Additionally throughout the story the court pushed countless plea deals on Kalief trying to get him to say he did it, they did that to so many others thinking they are weak and will say they did it just to be free. Not only did jail take his childhood, it ruined his life. Kalief was never the same after jail, until ultimately he commited suicide. In the Kalief Browder Story the role of bias in society is the most important theme throughout the story, and because of this bias a young man
— Last night our nation saw the pains and struggles that Ms. Venida Browder lived with for so many years. Ms. Browder, the mother of Kalief Browder, shared her son with us one last time, as the nation watched “The Kalief Browder Story”. Kalief Browder was arrested in 2010, at the age of 16, as he was headed home in the Bronx. Mr. Browder would be, accused of, and charged with robbery –and given a bail of $3,000.
Kalief Browder, a 16 year old who was arrested for a robbery he did not commit. He spent three years in jail with no conviction. James Brown an impoverished day laborer, charged with murder and waited eight and a half years for his case to go to trial. Meanwhile waiting for his trial, his alibi witness had died of kidney disease. Kalief nor James could afford bail, so they had to suffer in jail for a crime they did not convict.
Prosecuted as an adult to 45 years in prison for a second-degree murder, Miguel Quezada is hoping to get out soon on parole after serving 19 years in prison. He was 16 years old when he dropped out of high school and started to get involved with the wrong crowd. Quezada being influenced by these people, thought that it would be a wise idea to go and fight with their rival enemies. One day Quezada shot a rival gang member in the chest that causes him to go to jail. After being sentenced to prison, he started to go to school in the jail.
This has made me realize that everyone in prisons are not suppose to be there for their reasons they were convicted of. Everyone should read the novel Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson because it gives you a new point on what happens behind the bars. While reading it, it will take you on an emotional rollercoaster with people facing death because of being put in jail for the wrong reasons. As well as changing peoples point of view, this novel will also make you second guess the views of prison we were taught as children.
There is no doubt that Kalief Browder needs some type of justice, especially for his family and friends. Kalief Browder was just a 16 year old in the Bronx that was wrongfully accused of a stealing a backpack while he was on probation for a previous petty crime. Therefore, he arrested and when he got the amount of bail he quickly found out that he and his family could not pay for it. After not being able to pay for bail, he was sent to a federal prison named Rikers Island for this petty crime, in which he was never charged with. He was sent to a federal juvenile correction center with a bunch of actual criminals that did more than just be accused of stealing a backpack.
When the case was presented to a judge, he set a $3000 bail for Browder and released his friend upon trial. Due to his families socio-economic status they were unable to post bail or afford an attorney. Browder was sent to Rikers and confined in the Robert N Davoren Center for male adolescents. Eventually, Browder was given a court appointed attorney to defend his case. While waiting for trial he attempted to adapt to the transition from a normal teenager to an incarcerated juvenile delinquent.
Grow in South Baton Rouge wasn’t easy for Justice at all. While living in South Baton Rouge he attended McKinley Senior High School, which was a nightmare for him. He was bullied and it made him feel like he was nothing. He had already lost his dad to a car accident, and that was something he couldn’t get it out his head. With all this going on he knew he couldn’t let his mom and sister down.
“Dead or in Prison”, is an autobiography written and based on the life of George Duvall. Through trial and hardship that most couldn’t even fathom, Duvall is able to avoid the prophecy bestowed upon him by his uncle, “you’ll be dead or in prison by the time you’re 13”(Duvall vi). Duvall’s writing for anyone from young adults to the elderly. The language he used while writing the book is simple; though the reader must be mature enough to reflect on the hardships Duvall faced and understand that some of the language in the book reflects the time period. This story spans from 1982, when Duvall’s uncle tells him of how dim his future looks, to 1996, when Duvall wrote “his Angel” and letter, thanking her for the incredible impact she had on his life.
In the summer of 1996, a black man named Rodney Roberts was arrested and charged with the kidnapping and rape of a teenage girl. Proposed with two negative options: a plea deal of nine years in prison and a trial that could result in life imprisonment, Roberts took a plea deal offered to him knowing fully well of his own innocence. More than nine years later, the proposed victim stated in an interview with reporters that she never knew that anyone had been sentenced for her rape and denied ever having identified Roberts as her attacker from a mugshot or lineup. Soon after, in May of 2006, the Essex County prosecutor’s office ordered investigators to look for missing evidence involved in the Roberts case and found the original rape kit still sealed. Upon testing, it was revealed that Roberts was innocent.
He informs his audience that, during the time the photograph was taken, he “had not yet become the person who had to” (71-72) tell his father that he had cancer, he “had not been the first in [his] famil[y] to divorce” (82-83), and he “had not yet seen his first dead soldier” (84). The use of parallel syntax gives the list of unfortunate events a sequential feel, as if everything happens right after the other. This causes his life to seem like it is trapped in a downward spiral after losing his innocence, the only comfort he had before all of his hardships. This furthers the sympathy the audience feels toward the author, strengthening his argument even more than before as well as displaying ample evidence to support his overall claim of innocence being impossible to regain once it is lost, referencing points of his life where his loss of innocence was
Anatomy of Injustice is the story of the homicide indictment of Edward Elmore. The author, Raymond Bonner, displays a convincing argument that the state of South Carolina indicted a guiltless individual when Elmore was sentenced for capital murder and awarded a death sentence in April of 1982. All things considered, the book speaks to an alternate expansion to the accumulation of books specifying wrongful convictions in capital cases (Grisham, 2006; Junkin, 2004; Edds, 2003). Dorothy Edwards was a widow and mainstay of her community in Greenwood, South Carolina. On January 17, 1982, her body was found in the wardrobe of her room by a neighbour, Jimmy Holloway.