The story of the Central Park Five, now a Netflix series directed by Ava DuVernay

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A scene from "When They See Us." Photo credit: Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix

It’s been 30 years since five teenage boys were wrongfully convicted of raping a white woman in New York’s Central Park. The story of the Central Park Five reverberated around the world. Some believed they were innocent. But other louder voices believed they were guilty, including Donald Trump in 1989. These boys went to prison for years. The longest sentence was 13 years for Corey Wise. He was 16 years old and went to adult prison immediately.

But then a serial rapist and murderer admitted to attacking the jogger by himself, and DNA evidence confirmed it. The five boys, now men, were exonerated.

Their story is now the focus of the Netflix series "When They See Us," directed by Ava DuVernay.


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