Santana was wrongfully convicted of rape in 1989
West Long Branch, NJ - Monmouth University will host Raymond Santana from the Innocence Project on September 12, in Bey Hall Room 113, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The event is free and open to Monmouth University community and the public.
Raymond Santana is one of five teenagers who were arrested and questioned in the brutal attack of a female jogger in New York’s Central Park in April 1989. The confessions were presented as evidence though they differed in the time, location, and participants of the rape. The young men were wrongfully convicted of rape and waited more than a decade before DNA evidence exonerated them and implicated the real perpetrator-a convicted murderer and rapist. On December 19, 2002, on the recommendation of the Manhattan District Attorney, the convictions of the five men were overturned.
The Innocence Project is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.