Kalief Browder never should have been locked up. At age 16 he was jailed on charges he stole a backpack because his parents couldn’t pay his $3,000 cash bail. Without ever standing trial, he was imprisoned for three years—nearly two years in solitary confinement. . . .
After release, he never recovered from prison’s indignities, including multiple assaults and food deprivation during solitary. In 2015 he committed suicide at his parents’ home. His tragedy illustrates the soul-killing costs of a criminal justice system that disproportionately confines America’s Black citizens. As one author has described the mass incarceration of Black males in the U.S., it’s “the new Jim Crow.”
—Patricia Raybon, “Summer Epiphanies,” The Upper Room Disciplines 2022: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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But now, says the Lord—
the one who created you, Jacob, the one who formed you, Israel:
Don’t fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine.
—Isaiah 43:1 (CEB)
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