The Central Park Five: Bills introduced in Albany could have stopped wrongful convictions

Back in April 1989, the group's Harlem backyard turned into a crime scene. They were arrested for aggravated assault and rape of a woman jogging in Central Park.

News 12 Staff

Dec 15, 2021, 10:31 PM

Updated 849 days ago

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Three of the Central Park Five say bills introduced in Albany could have stopped their wrongful convictions. Now, they want those passed so history doesn’t repeat itself. 
Yusef Salaam spent over six years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. He’s one of the Central Park - turned exonerated - Five. 
Back in April 1989, the group's Harlem backyard turned into a crime scene. They were arrested for aggravated assault and rape of a woman jogging in Central Park. 
They confessed to crimes they didn’t commit and shared with News 12 the moments in the interrogation room. 
Another person came forward and took responsibility years later. They say three bills in Albany now could have saved them. The package would ban deception in police interrogations, make it easier for people who have pleaded guilty to challenge their convictions, as well as guarantee youth under 18 council before waiving their Miranda rights. 
In Albany, the legislative session lasts from January until June. They’re hoping to pass these bills by summer 2022.


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