Harsh Reality Show

“He had been arrested in the spring of 2010, at age sixteen, for a robbery he insisted he had not committed. Then he spent more than one thousand days on Rikers waiting for a trial that never happened.” After that experience, Kalief Browder shared his story with The New Yorker and others and shed some light on the dark truths about solitary confinement in Rikers and other jails (and let’s face it, he also shed some light on race in America). Over the weekend, he committed suicide.

+ And this year’s most popular reality show (Police mistreating African Americans) looks like it will continue into the Summer. In the latest installment, a Pool party in Texas somehow led to an officer pulling out his gun. For some background, here’s The Atlantic on McKinney, Texas, and the racial history of American swimming pools.

+ Prisoners or Patients? Welcome to Cook County Jail, where a third of those incarcerated suffer from psychological disorders.

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