To say this was a miscarriage of justice is an understatement. Although New York City was infested with crime in the 1980s, the level of bias to which these five boys were subjected to was on another level. So what happened to their lives because of a walk in the park?
Just to reiterate, the lawyers, including lead prosecutor Elizabeth Lederer, had access to evidence that actually proved these boys to be innocent. But only until the actual rapist turned himself in did they free them. These five recently received a $40 million settlement for everything and everyone that led them to this, but I'm fairly sure childhood innocence is priceless.
Read about the history of this case via "'The Central Park Five': New York's Darkest Hour" on Salon.