The deck may have been stacked against Browder in other ways, too.
Black men 18 and 19 years old are nine times more likely to be incarcerated than their white counterparts, according to Amnesty International.
“Kalief’s case tragically represents the intersection of so many issues that plague our justice system,” said Jasmine Heiss, senior campaigner for individuals at risk with Amnesty International.
She cited a lack of due process, “egregiously high” bail for such a minor offence, and “cruel and inhumane treatment by authorities that potentially amounts to torture.”
The circumstances that led to Browder boarding a bus in 2010 towards one of the most infamous detention facilities in the state “represents the way in which access to justice can be denied based on factors such as race, class and identity,” Heiss said.
In Browder’s case, the $3,000 bail set for his release was too much for his family to afford.