CU’s Korey Wise Innocence Project sees boost in donations in wake of “When They See Us” series on Central Park Five |

CU’s Korey Wise Innocence Project sees boost in donations in wake of “When They See Us” series on Central Park Five

In wake of exoneration, Wise donated $190,000 to CU program aiding the wrongfully convicted

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Kharey Wise, one of the so-called “Central Park Five” who would later change his name to Korey Wise, looks on in court as he is arraigned in the 1989 jogger rape case. After being exonerated, Wise donated $190,000 to the Innocence Project at the University of Colorado Boulder.
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Since “When They See Us” — a miniseries about the wrongful convictions of five black and Latino youth in New York — premiered on Netflix at the end of May, the University of Colorado Boulder’s Korey Wise Innocence Project has received more than $11,000 in donations.

That’s 10 times as much money as had been contributed over the first five months of 2019 to the organization that offers pro-bono legal assistance to people believed to have been wrongfully convicted.

Korey Wise, one of the so-called Central Park Five portrayed in the series, is tied to the Boulder campus after donating $190,000 to the project in 2015, hoping to give back to a program.

The Netflix series has reinvigorated interest in the case stemming from the 1989 assault and rape of a jogger in New York City’s Central Park. The ensuing criminal case spotlighted racial injustice in the legal system and now has compelled viewers to reach for their wallets and give to groups standing up for the wrongfully convicted.

Since the Ava DuVernay-directed series debuted May 31, CU’s Korey Wise Innocence Project has received 152 donations amounting to $11,256. From January to the show’s launch, the projec

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