Week 1: Shifting Gears due to COVID-19

Apr 03, 2020

Welcome back! I hope everyone’s staying safe and healthy amid this pandemic.

Due to COVID-19, I am changing the focus of my Senior Project. Originally, I was going to host bridging the gap events and travel to Australia to learn more about how they’ve implemented restorative justice.  Now, I will be researching how the juvenile justice system has changed (or not) since the case of the Exonerated Five. 

The Exonerated Five is a group of five men who were found innocent after going to prison for allegedly raping a young woman in Central Park in New York City.  At the time of the incident, these young men ranged from age 14-16. Between the five of them, they spent 6 to 13 years in prison. These young men were coerced into confessing to a crime they did not commit.  They did not even have any connection to each other. 

The new goal of my project is to evaluate the extent to which the juvenile justice system has changed since this case if it has changed at all.  To achieve my goal, I will interview different people who have knowledge in the field and do more in-depth research to see what went wrong in the casework. 

Please bear with me as I create a new path for this project.  Again, I hope you all are staying safe.

Thanks for reading, 


2 Replies to “Week 1: Shifting Gears due to COVID-19”

  1. Ike L. says:

    I understand the problems that this virus has created, but I think you are making the best of your situation.

  2. Kimora F. says:

    Kayla, I know how important the travel aspect of your project was to you, but I am so happy that you are still able to continue with your research! I do find this topic very fitting for you because I know how passionate you are about the juvenile justice system. Can’t wait to see how your research goes!

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