The series is a dramatized account of how Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Korey Wise, and Raymond Santana came to be arrested, convicted and sentenced for raping and beating almost to death Trisha Meili – “the Central Park jogger” – a young white woman whose poor, battered body was found that same night.
The story begins on April 19, 1989, when a white female jogger is raped and beaten nearly to death in Central Park. At that same time, a group of boys in Harlem were running around the park and in proximity to a couple of other assaults that were happening around the same time. The heinousness of the crime and the viciousness of detective Linda Fairstein leads to five young men who were in the area being picked pretty much at random and then interrogated at length to point the finger at each other. This gross abuse of power, facilitated by the justice system and the media, leads to the boys being convicted and incarcerated despite no physical evidence linking them to the crime.
As adults, Antron, Kevin, Yusef, and Raymond, try to readjust to life on the outside even though the crime follows them wherever they go. Meanwhile, Korey weathers a longer jail sentence since he was tried as an adult.
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