by Kanya Bennett, Director of Policy Development and Programming at the American Constitution Society, Angelyn Frazer, State Legislative Affairs Director at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and Nkechi Taifa, Senior Policy Analyst at the Open Society Foundations
In 1989, five African American and Latino boys were wrongly convicted of a heinous crime committed in New
"We continue to deal with biased law enforcement, overzealous prosecutors, and under-resourced defense counsel. And where you would expect to see the greatest reform – interrogation and confession practices – change has been slow. False confessions played a significant role in convicting the Central Park Five, but the New York Police Department (NYPD) has yet to implement a precinct-wide requirement that confessions, and importantly, the interrogations leading to confessions, be videotaped."
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