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NYC Will Pay $3 Million to Settle Kalief Browder Lawsuit

City law department officials said they hope Thursday's settlement in the case of Kalief Browder brings "some measure of closure" to his family

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    NYC Will Pay $3 Million to Settle Kalief Browder Lawsuit
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    FILE - In this this June 20, 2014, file photo, the sprawling Rikers Island jail complex stands in the foreground with the New York skyline in the climbing into the horizon. A report released Thursday, Jan. 14, 2015 by New York City�s Department of Investigation points out problems with the recruiting, hiring and screening of guards who work in the city�s jails. The probe found systemic problems with the Department of Correction hiring system, including no recruiting strategy for the past six years, which allowed an alarmingly high number of hires who had arrest records, gang ties or other red flags that are markers for corruption. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

    New York City will pay $3 million to the estate of a young man whose long detention in solitary confinement and subsequent suicide made him a symbol of a broken criminal justice system.

    City law department officials said they hope Thursday's settlement in the case of Kalief Browder brings "some measure of closure" to his family.

    Browder was 16 when he was arrested and accused of stealing a man's backpack. He spent three years in jail awaiting trial, about half that time in solitary confinement.

    Prosecutors eventually dropped the charge. Browder was freed, but he killed himself at age 22 in 2015.

    His story led to reforms at the city's jails and at federal prisons nationwide.

    Sanford Rubenstein, a lawyer for Browder's estate, called the settlement "fair and reasonable."