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On America: The Carceral System and Racial Justice with Ian Manuel and Yusef Salaam

May 26, 2021 via Zoom

Ian Manuel and Yusef Salaam came together for a special event in the On America series to discuss matters of crime, punishment, and racial justice. Both men released memoirs in May 2021, revealing aspects of their time in prison and the injustices that led to their convictions.

In My Time Will Come, Manuel, who was sentenced to life in prison at just fourteen, reveals his perspective on the heartbreaking and difficult path to reducing his sentence through Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative. Salaam’s inspirational memoir Better, Not Bitter recounts his seven years of wrongful incarceration as one of the Central Park Five and the lessons and principles he has learned to survive the worst of life’s experiences.

Sarah Burns, director of the documentary film The Central Park Five, moderated the event.

This event was presented in partnership with Youth Justice Network.