Evie Litwok interviewed for Jewish Standard

Making the case for prison reform

It’s not every synagogue speaker who has served two stints in jail for mail fraud. Then again, it’s not every former prisoner who wants to document the experience of other former prisoners the way Steven Spielberg recorded the memories of her Holocaust survivor parents. And even fewer of those documentary-making former prisoners grew up in Teaneck.

Kalief Browder

Evie Litwok spoke on Let Your Voice Be Heard regarding the imprisonment and suicide of Kalief Browder this past week.

Kalief Browder was a prisoner at Rikers Island when he was a teenager for three years for stealing a backpack. Because he wanted to prove his innocence instead of pleading guilty to try to do less time, he was held at Rikers Island, even spending time in solitary confinement. He was never charged with a crime. Despite his attempts to rise above his experience by getting the equivelent of a high school degree and enrolling in community college, he never really got over what happened. He killed himself on June 14, 2015.

Read more about Kalief Browder here.