The dark side of justice

Yusef Salaam was wrongfully convicted in the notorious “Central Park Five” case

As a teenager in 1989, Yusef Salaam was wrongfully convicted in the notorious “Central Park Five” case

Dark side

The parts of a person, a group, an activity, etc. that are unpleasant, evil, or harmful:

She sings about the dark side to love.
He plays a police chief who gets results despite his dark side and personal faults.
The film illuminates with relentless honesty the dark side of its subject.
I wrote about a doctor who had gone over to the dark side and was promoting unproven fad diets.

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Donkere kant

De delen van een persoon, een groep, een activiteit, enz. die onaangenaam, slecht of schadelijk zijn:

Ze zingt over de donkere kant van de liefde.
Hij speelt een politiechef die resultaten boekt ondanks zijn donkere kant en persoonlijke gebreken.
De film belicht met meedogenloze eerlijkheid de donkere kant van zijn onderwerp.
Ik schreef over een arts die naar de duistere kant was overgelopen en onbewezen waanzinnige diëten promootte.

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Some possible key points that could be associated with “The dark side of justice”:

  1. Injustice within the legal system: The dark side of justice may refer to the presence of injustice within legal systems, including issues such as bias, discrimination, corruption, and abuse of power. This could encompass wrongful convictions, unfair treatment of marginalized groups, and failures in the administration of justice.

  2. Unintended consequences of justice policies: Justice policies and interventions, such as “tough on crime” measures or mandatory minimum sentences, may have unintended consequences that can negatively impact communities and individuals. For example, overly punitive approaches may result in mass incarceration, disproportionate penalties, and perpetuation of cycles of poverty and crime.

  3. Psychological and moral complexities of justice: The concept of justice is complex and multifaceted, involving moral and psychological considerations. The dark side of justice may refer to ethical dilemmas, moral conflicts, and psychological challenges that arise in the pursuit of justice, such as the use of force, capital punishment, and decision-making biases in legal proceedings.

  4. Emotional toll of justice: The process of seeking justice, whether as a victim, defendant, or legal practitioner, can have emotional and psychological impacts. This may include trauma, stress, burnout, and other negative effects on mental health and well-being.

  5. Backlash and abuse in the name of justice: In some cases, the pursuit of justice may lead to backlash, vigilantism, or abuse of power. This could involve situations where individuals take matters into their own hands, engage in revenge, or use excessive force or violence in the name of justice, leading to harmful outcomes.

  6. Failures of restorative justice: Restorative justice, an alternative approach that focuses on repairing harm and restoring relationships, may also have limitations and challenges. The dark side of justice may include instances where restorative justice practices are ineffective, misused, or perpetuate power imbalances, leading to unintended negative consequences.

It’s important to note that “The dark side of justice” may be a subjective term and could refer to different perspectives, depending on the context in which it is being used. It’s recommended to refer to specific articles, publications, or sources for a comprehensive understanding of the topic.

For whatever reason, after this second chance meeting, Matias felt moved to go to the police with the truth and in 2002, he admitted to being the lone attacker in the Central Park Jogger case. In a confession tape obtained by the New York Daily News, Matias put it this way: “I know it’s hard for people to understand, after 12 years why a person would actually come forward to take responsibility for a crime. I’ve asked myself that question. At first, I was afraid, but at the end of the day I felt it was definitely the right thing to do.”

DNA evidence and Matias’s knowledge of details of the Central Park Jogger rape ultimately confirmed his guilt, and the Manhattan District Attorney at the time, Robert Morgenthau, had Korey released from prison and the Central Park Five vacated of all charges.

Matias Reyes was serving a 33.5-year sentence for an unrelated crime when he admitted to being behind the Central Park Jogger case.

As a teenager in 1989, Yusef Salaam was wrongfully convicted in the notorious “Central Park Five” case and served more than five years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

Father, poet, activist, and inspirational speaker.

He has committed himself to advocate and educate people on the issues of mass incarceration, police brutality and misconduct, false confessions, press ethics and bias, race and law, and the disparities in America’s criminal justice system, especially for young men of color. 

Determined to educate the public, Yusef eagerly shares his story with others. 

In speaking out against injustice, he conveys the importance of continuing one’s education—whether formal or otherwise.

2 Three of the Central Park Five discuss the documentary

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22 mei 2014

Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, and Yusef Salaam discuss their experience with Ken Burns and the making of the documentary “The Central Park Five,” a continuation of the exoneration of five innocent men.

1 The Central Park Five Official Trailer #1 (2012) – Ken Burns Documentary Movie HD

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22 okt. 2012

A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park.
After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.

3 Exonerated ‘Central Park Five’ Survivor Dr. Yusef Salaam on Black Trauma | NowThis

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7 jun. 2020

Dr. Yusef Salaam was imprisoned as a member of the Central Park Five, a group of Black and Hispanic teenagers who were falsely charged and convicted of an attack on a jogger in Central Park.

Though much of the public called for their execution, including future President Donald Trump, the Central Park 5 were eventually exonerated and have shared their experience as a warning against systemic police racism and police brutality, as seen in the documentary series When They See Us.

As the Black Lives Matter comes to the forefront in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, protests throughout the world are waking us up to the shared experience of Black trauma in a society that is unfairly biased against them. The Black experience shared by many African Americans is wrought with the collective trauma of centuries of injustice, and as the Black Lives Matter protests and George Floyd protests continue to grow, we must not lose sight of the tragedies that led us to this moment.

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6 The Exonerated Five Are Honored For Their Truth & Resilience | BET Awards 2019

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24 jun. 2019

Regina Hall honors Korey Wise, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam & Raymond Santana of the Exonerated Five.

7 When they see us, best limited series, Critics Choice Awards 2020

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13 jan. 2020

4 The Exonerated Five Make Red Carpet Debut Alongside Ava Duvernay | E! Red Carpet & Award Shows

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23 sep. 2019

Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Korey Wise, Raymond Santana & Yusef Salaam attends the 2019 Emmys with “When They See Us” writer-director Ava DuVernay. Watch!

5 Emmy Winner Jharrel Jerome Confronts Disturbing Scenes in “When They See Us”

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23 sep. 2019

#JharrelJerome, who won the #Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, talks about shooting particularly difficult scenes, and what it was like to compete in a category that included Benicio Del Toro and other Oscar winners. #WhenTheySeeUs

8 Struggle by ‘Central Park 5’ ends in $40 million settlement

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21 jun. 2014

New York City will pay $40 million to five black and Latino men who 25 years ago were wrongly convicted of raping and beating a woman in Central Park.
Their conviction was vacated in 2002, but it took until now to close the book on the decade-long civil rights lawsuit. 
Jeffrey Brown talks to Craig Steven Wilder of Massachusetts Institute of Technology for more on the legacy of the infamous crime.

9 Donald Trump’s ‘Horrific’ Response to the Central Park Five Case | Opinions | NowThis

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12 jun. 2019

‘It was horrific then. It’s horrific to hear it now.’ — Ken Burns wants all of us to remember Donald Trump’s extreme response to the Central Park Five case.

In US news, Ken Burns sat down with NowThis News to talk about the Central Park 5 case and how Donald Trump reacted to it back in 1989. The Central Park 5 refers to Korey Wise, Antron McCray, Yuse Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Kevin Richardson who were convicted of raping and beating a Central Park jogger Trisha Meili. After the attack Donald Trump called for the death penalty to be used on the Central Park 5. The Central Park Five case was the subject of Sarah Burns’ book, later a Ken Burns’ documentary, and is now being turned into a Netflix series from Ava DuVernay called When They See Us. In a Trump interview at the time, Trump said he ‘hates these people’ and believed hate would help get things done.

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10 “Central Park Five” – Wrongful Conviction, Settlement Reached

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1 jul. 2014

Richard French and the RFL discuss the plight of the “Central Park Five”.
Gilbert Spencer
You put someone in a interrogation room for 30 hours, use physical violence against them, and they won’t leave until they confess, sounds like a good confession to me, wtf was wrong with that court.
Keisha Puryear
Outrageous!!! I love how this illustrated the obliteration of their lives
Shantoria Marina
No it’s no amount of money that can give them they life back they took their lives an each an every person involved in prosecuting or investigating this case as far as the detective should pay as in a civil case and go to prison I mean how can this happen its outrageous
Shayne Sim
The police and prosecutors are being punished because the truth has come into the light and exposed the injustices they have committed. Imagine being a prosecutor knowing full well the child’s life you are attempting to destroy is completely innocent. But you push on regardless for the sake of your career. All the while the real perpetrator goes on to murder and harm more innocent people. A pregnant woman killed meanwhile innocent children have their lives essentially destroyed because of the incredible incompetence and corruption of the police and a justice system that denies Justice to the people who truly deserve it. You have elected a criminal monster who is full of racism and discrimination who still advocates their guilt even when science and evidence that’s indisputable has proven them innocent. Any sane rational person can see that but not the man at the head of your nation. America you better make sure justice is actually a part of your justice system in the future. Take what’s wrong and fix it. The justice system should be about Justice not careers not ego. But doing the right thing
Brian White
Pay attention to the Michigan 5. They killed a man, admitted to doing it, and as till feel they dont need any jail time
Candice Yates
So I need to correct you in that cops aren’t allowed to interrogate minors in the same manor as an adult. Also they’re NOT allowed to lie to to minors to get them to confess. They’re NOT allowed to interrogate minors with no lawyers or parents present. NOOOOOOOOO WAYYYYYYYYY SIR… tell the truth!!😡
Sandy Beaches
5 million dollars will only hold you if you manage that money the right way. The right investments, and so forth. I know people who were wrongly convicted received a big settlemt and are broke and impoverished today.
Antoine Gaston
They got all of us black and white
Brittany Ekwunife
No amount of money is worth what those boys endured. They said that the police and lawyers couldn’t be charged. What I would like to know what does it take for them to be charged? If you are not black or brown you will NEVER get it.

11 Joshua Jackson on “When They See Us,” Ava DuVernay, and “Dawson’s” Memories | EXTENDED INTERVIEW

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30 mei 2019

The star of the new Netflix miniseries gives us an inside take on Ava DuVernay’s directing style and why he wouldn’t go back to his “Dawson’s Creek” days.

12 The Central Park Five: Film Screening & Discussion with Ken Burns

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17 apr. 2013

On March 12 at Harvard Law School, award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns and his co-producers, Sarah Burns and David McMahon, joined Harvard Law School Professor Charles Ogletree and two Central Park Five members for a film screening and panel discussion of his new documentary “The Central Park Five,” which tells the story of five Black and Latino teenagers who were wrongly convicted of raping and beating a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. The event was co-sponsored by Harvard Law School’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, the Prison Studies Project and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research.

13  The Central Park Five: A cautionary tale of injustice

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12 mei 2019

Wrongly convicted as teenagers for a crime that shocked New York City, the five men who came to be known as the “Central Park Five,” who were exonerated by a jailhouse confession and DNA tests, are the subjects of a new Netflix miniseries. Correspondent Maurice DuBois talks with Yusef Salaam, Antron McCray, Raymond Santana, Korey Wise and Kevin Richardson, and with Ava DuVernay, director of “When They See Us.”

14 Members of the Central Park 5 react to Korey Wise’s story in ‘When They See Us’

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12 jun. 2019

Five men who were wrongfully convicted when they were just teens for the 1989 rape of a jogger in New York City are telling their story through the new Netflix series “When They See Us.”
Two of the five men, who now live in Atlanta, sat down with 11Alive’s LaPorsche Thomas to discuss overcoming trauma, Linda Fairstein, steps toward justice and more.

15 Ken Burns & “The Central Park Five” (interview + film trailer)

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16 apr. 2013

This interview was conducted on November 2, 2012 in Los Angeles, California during the AFI Film Festival for an article for The Huffington Post (which can be read here:…). The film concerns the case of “The Central Park Five” and the documentary of the same name.
The footage from the film was used courtesy of IFC. “The Central Park Five” will air on PBS April 16, 2013. You can find additional showtime information on their website:…

16 KTTZ-TV Presents: “The Central Park Five” Town Hall Panel Discussion

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17 apr. 2013

After a special screening of “The Central Park Five,” a town hall panel discussion was conducted by Channel 5 in hopes of localizing and understanding the topics and issues explored within the film. If you have any questions or comments or would like to contact KTTZ-TV please email

A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

“The dark side of justice” is a book written by Jonathan J. Klick and Gregory Mitchell, which examines the unintended consequences of well-intentioned criminal justice policies. The book discusses several key points, including:

  1. Unintended consequences: The authors argue that well-intentioned criminal justice policies can have unintended consequences, such as increasing crime rates, creating more social inequality, and eroding public trust in the justice system.

  2. Overcriminalization: The authors argue that overcriminalization, or the trend of criminalizing more and more behaviors, can have negative consequences. Overcriminalization can lead to excessive punishment for minor offenses, higher rates of incarceration, and a strain on the resources of the criminal justice system.

  3. Mass incarceration: The authors argue that mass incarceration has negative consequences for both individuals and society as a whole. Incarceration can lead to job loss, family disruption, and a higher likelihood of reoffending. Moreover, mass incarceration disproportionately affects communities of color and perpetuates systemic racism.

  4. The war on drugs: The authors argue that the war on drugs has been ineffective in reducing drug use and has contributed to the rise of mass incarceration. The war on drugs has also had a disproportionate impact on communities of color.

  5. Racial bias: The authors argue that racial bias exists throughout the criminal justice system, from policing to sentencing. Racial bias can lead to disparities in how people of different races are treated by the justice system.

Overall, the book argues that criminal justice policies need to be reformed in order to address these unintended consequences and to create a more fair and just system.

17 Funniest Airport Prank

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Nivea: Stresstest TVC To launch the new Stress Protect Deo, NIVEA put passengers at the airport in an unexpected and stressful situation: They were called out to be a suspect of a crime. In order to be protected for the next stressful situation, they were provided with the NIVEA Stress Protect Deo afterwards.

18 Bananasplit Eric Hulzebosch

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19 Cashier shortchanging blind man

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Cashier Horrible corner store cashier tries to rob a blind man by giving him back fake music. A presentation of the Just For Laughs Gags. The funny hidden camera pranks show for the whole family. Juste pour rire les gags, l’émission de caméra caché la plus comique de la télé!

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