In 1989, a Detroit man named Bernard Young was convicted of child sexual assault and sentenced to 60 to 100 years in prison. But many years later, the victims admitted that they had accused the wrong man. Earlier this month, Young was released from prison and his case will be re-tried in the spring.
If it weren’t for the help of a Mancos-based nonprofit and the woman who runs it, Young still could be in prison. Claudia Whitman, who runs the National Capital Crime Assistance Network out of her home in Mancos, sat down with KSJD's Austin Cope to tell more of the story.