Prevent Wrongful Convictions by Calling Your State Assembly, Today.
Did you know that two of the leading contributing factors in wrongful conviction cases are false confessions and eyewitness misidentification? All 30 of New York’s wrongful DNA convictions involved either false confession or misidentification.
You can help make 2017 the year that New York joins many other states that have chosen to take action in the name of justice. The Governor’s FY2018 Budget would require police departments to record entire interrogations of suspects in certain violent crimes, as well as other best practices shown to increase the accuracy of eyewitness identification.
The Central Park Five were teenagers when they were wrongfully convicted of a 1989 rape due to false confessions. Each served between 7 and 13 years in prison, while the real rapist remained free to commit at least four additional sexual assaults and one murder.
Members of the CP5 just wrote an open letter to Speaker Heastie calling for the passage of the FY18 Budget with wrongful conviction safeguards changes to be passed in the budget this year! If you are with them and believe it’s time for NY to prevent this from happening again, here’s what you can do:
- MAKE THE CALL: Call Speaker Carl Heastie and urge him to approve a budget bill that includes the Governor’s wrongful conviction language
- Call your Assembly Member- find out who they are and how to contact them HERE
- Post and share on social media with #EndNYWrongfulConviction
With your help, we can make sure victims of wrongful convictions in your state have rights to fight for their freedom when new evidence is introduced that proves their innocence. Your voice can make all the difference. Are you ready to step up?
“We urge Albany, after 10 long years, to finally pass this bill”
–Central Park Five
(Photo of Raymond Santana by Sameer Abdel-Khalek)