After Raymond Santana and the rest of the young men in the Central Park jogger rape case were exonerated of all charges in , he knew that he wanted to start reclaiming the life that was stolen from him. He was one of the five Black and Latino teens who were falsely accused and convicted of attacking and raping the jogger in The group had become known as the Central Park Five, but have since adopted the name, the Exonerated Five. When a friend asked him what he wanted to do with the rest of his life after he was released, Santana said one thing he wanted to focus on was encouraging young people to become civically engaged. The right to vote was one Santana gained for the first time after his exoneration at the age of 27 and is one he does not take lightly. I can make change. I can make decisions. While Santana, 45, has been voting regularly since the early s, experiencing the election was uniquely personal to him.
The Central Park Five: ‘We Were Just Baby Boys’
Time Served: 5 years
A Netflix series about the Central Park jogger case has led to intense criticism of the famous prosecutor-turned-novelist who oversaw the investigation. By Elizabeth A. Harris and Julia Jacobs. A writer who covered the original trial looks back on a warped time, and the warping of truth. After a backlash, the Mystery Writers of America will not honor Linda Fairstein, a former city prosecutor turned author, as one of its Grand Masters. By Sean Piccoli and Michael Gold.
Kevin Richardson, 45
On the night of April 19, , a young woman was brutally attacked and raped in Central Park. When she recovered, she had no memory of the assault. Five boys, including Raymond Santana, were tried and convicted of the crime in a frenzied case that rocked the city. At the time, the defendants were between 14 and 16 years of age. On December 19, , the convictions of the five men were overturned. The unidentified DNA in the Central Park Jogger Case — unlinked to any of the five — had finally met its owner, a convicted murderer and serial rapist who confessed. Santana had spent five years in prison for a crime he did not commit. The investigation of this conviction has raised questions regarding police coercion and false confessions, as well as the vulnerability of juveniles during police interrogations. The event went wonderfully! Raymond was a great speaker, and there was great energy in the room.
On the night of April 19, , a year-old jogger was brutally attacked and raped in Central Park. She was found unconscious with her skull fractured, her body temperature at 84 degrees, and 75 percent of her blood drained from her body. When she recovered, she had no memory of the assault. Initial police investigations quickly focused on a group of African American and Latino youths who were in police custody for a series of other attacks perpetrated in the park that night. At the time, the defendants were between 14 and 16 years of age. Richardson, McCray, Sanatana, and Wise all gave videotaped confessions. The confessions were presented as evidence though they differed in the time, location, and participants of the rape.