- Kalief was sent to Rikers Island at age 16 after being accused of stealing a backpack. There was no evidence of this crime, and he spent 3 years without trial in jail because he wouldn't plead guilty.
- He had spent long periods of time in solitary confinement and was subjected to physical abuse from both prisoners and officers alike.
- After being released, his story spread via several exposes by The New York Times. He was offered college tuition, spoke with Jay Z, and was interviewed by Rosie O'Donnell on The View.
- However, Kalief battled with depression and the effects of longterm solitary confinement. On Saturday, he committed suicide at his parents' home by hanging.
Rest in Power, Kalief