Shawn “Jay Z” Carter is partnering with the Weinstein Co. to bring the story of Kalief Browder — the Bronx teen who committed suicide after being locked up on Rikers Island for three years for allegedly stealing a backpack — to the small screen.
“Time: The Kalief Browder Story” is set to feature reenactments of Browder’s life as well as interviews with friends and family. According to Variety, the series will air in six installments beginning in January.
Carter will serve as an executive producer on the series alongside Harvey Weinstein, David Glasser, Jenner Furst, Nick Sandow, Julia Willoughby Nason and Michael Gasparro.
“Kalief Browder is a modern-day prophet; his story a failure of the judicial process,” Carter said. “A young man, and I emphasize young man, who lost his life because of a broken system. His tragedy has brought atrocities to light and now we must confront the issues and events that occurred so other young men can have a chance at justice.”
Browder’s story has come to symbolize many of the problems with America’s criminal justice system. He was arrested at the age of 16 and spent three years in jail — two of which were spent in solitary confinement — waiting for a trial that never occurred.
“This series will take an important look at why Kalief’s life was cut so short, the flaws in our justice system and hopefully will continue some powerful conversations and movements for some much-needed reform,” Weinstein added.