FEATURING ALYESHA WISE – The tragic story of Kalief Browder highlighted for many Americans the injustice of the nation’s bail system. Browder was a young teen who spent a whopping three years at Rikers Island awaiting trial for a crime he did not commit. Because his family was unable to afford the bail money Browder languished and committed suicide soon after he was let out.
The burden that our bail system puts on Americans, particularly poor black and brown people, is insidious. Yet the issue is rarely discussed. Now a poet named Alyesha Wise in collaboration with Brave New Films want to change that. They have launched a new short film about bail and its impact online.
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Alyesha Wise, poet and teaching artist, writer of a new short film by Brave New Films about the bail system in the US