Venida Browder died yesterday after a heart attack. She was the mother of Kalief Browder, a teenager who died by suicide after spending three years in jail on Rikers Island awaiting trial on charges that were eventually dismissed. Since his death, she had become a vocal advocate for prison reform, especially for minors.
Earlier this year, Browder spoke to director Jenny Carchman of The Marshall Project for a documentary called "We Are Witnesses," which will be released next month. The film is a series of interviews with people who have crossed paths with the criminal justice system: from judges to corrections officers, prisoners to crime victims.
Jenny Carchman sat down with WNYC's Jami Floyd to discuss Venida Browder and her legacy.