The Central Park Five Were Honored At Bronx Prep Graduation Ceremony

Bittersweet, The Bronx Preparatory Charter School’s graduating class of 2017 included the Central Park Five as the honorary graduates of this year.

I’ sure you remember Trump pushing this case and called for the death of the five men. The Central Park Five was a group of teenagers convicted of the brutal rape in 1989 of a woman who was jogging in Central Park. They refused plea bargains, insisting that incriminating statements they had made to the authorities had been coerced, and spent from seven to 13 years in prison.  New York paid them $41 million in a 2014 settlement.

It wasn’t until in 2002 when serial rapist Matias Reyes, who was already in prison for life, confessed to committing the crime that The Central Park Five paid the price for. DNA confirmed Matias’ confession, and the horrible truth that these five innocent men had their lives irreversibly derailed because of racial prejudice and systematic injustice.

Raymond Santana, of the Five, said: “When we went to prison, this was taken away from us. It was something we never got to experience … and we’ve finally found redemption.”

 

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