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Exonerated 5: Miscarriage of Justice

middle aged Black man wearing a white embroidered shirt
Dr. Yusef Salaam Peabody Awards   CC BY 2.0

On April 19, 1989, a violent crime was committed in New York City’s Central Park. The victim was a young woman, attacked and sexually assaulted. Five young people from Harlem—Yusef Salaam, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise—were arrested, tried and convicted of the crime. The trial was closely followed in the press, creating passionate reactions. The victim became known as the “Central Park jogger,” and the accused young people became known as the “Central Park Five.” Yusef Salaam was 15-years-old when he was arrested, and his life was changed forever.

The Central Park Five received sentences ranging from six to twelve years. In 2002, all charges were vacated after a prison inmate confessed to the crime.

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Books in the UML Library

Punching the Air
Exonerated : a history of the innocence movement
Blind injustice : a former prosecutor exposes the psychology and politics of wrongful convictions
Savage portrayals : race, media, and the Central Park jogger story
Controversies in innocence cases in America
Stamped from the beginning : the definitive history of racist ideas in America
Life after Death Row : Exonerees' Search for Community and Identity
Smoke but no fire : convicting the innocent of crimes that never happened
Wrongful Convictions and Miscarriages of Justice : Causes and Remedies in North American and European Criminal Justice Systems
Genetic witness : science, law, and controversy in the making of DNA profiling
Progressive prosecution : race and reform in criminal justice
an alternative to punishment
Punishing the Vulnerable
Police brutality and white supremacy : the fight against American traditions
Hurricane: the miraculous journey of Rubin Carter

Clip from Ken Burns' "The Central Park Five"

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