Yusef Salaam was just 14 when he, along with Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Salaam, and Korey Wise, was wrongly convicted of assaulting a Central Park jogger in 1989. Yusef survived nearly seven years in prison until 2002 when he was exonerated by DNA evidence.
Today, he’s widely known as one of the Exonerated Five — their story is told in the Ava DuVernay-directed Netflix Series When They See Us. Yusef is also renowned public speaker, Innocence Project board member, and — most recently — a published author.
Innocence Project Field Organizer Nigel Quiroz will moderate the conversation and raise awareness about how wrongful conviction uniquely impacts youth and how to prevent them in New York.
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