Member of the Exonerated 5
Kevin Richardson is 1/5th of the Exonerated Five (also known as the Central Park Five). Kevin and his other four brothers were given the name of the Central Park Five, after a jogger was brutally raped and found in the park left for dead. They were tried and convicted of crimes they did not commit. In 2002, the case was overturned. Since then, they have strived to restore their lives back together. Read More >
In 1989, 14-year-old Kevin D. Richardson was arrested and charged for the attack and assault on jogger Trisha Ellen Meili. Despite no DNA and little other evidence connecting him to the attack, Richardson was sentenced to 5 to 10 years in prison, of which he served five and a half years. In 2002, the convictions were overturned. As depicted in Netflix’s When They See Us, the infamous case of the Central Park Five highlights the injustices of the United States’ criminal justice system. Motivated by his own wrongful conviction, Kevin D. Richardson is an advocate for reform and is a partner of the Innocence Project, helping to exonerate those who have been wrongfully convicted by harnessing the power of DNA testing. In this extremely personal and powerful keynote, Kevin Richardson shares his experience as a member of the Central Park Five. His accounts demonstrate the need for criminal justice reform and moves audiences to enact change.
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