The truth of the hellish nightmare he experienced inside Rikers is now being explored in a six-part Spike TV documentary, “Time: The Kalief Browder Story,” produced by the Weinstein Company and Jay-Z.
“I think people will see his story and realize like man, this is going on,” Jay-Z said during an interview at the Sundance Film Festival. “This is not like one case that happened. This is happening a lot for people, you know especially places where I come from.”
According to a Wonkblog analysis of government statistics, about 1.6 percent of prime-age white men (25 to 54 years old) are institutionalized. If all those 590,000 people were recognized as unemployed, the unemployment rate for prime-age white men would increase from about 5 percent to 6.4 percent.
For prime-age black men, though, the unemployment rate would jump from 11 percent to 19 percent. That’s because a far higher fraction of black men — 7.7 percent, or 580,000 people — are institutionalized.