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Police-Induced Confessions, Risk Factors and Recommendations: Looking Ahead


Saul M. Kassin


John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Steven A. Drizin


Northwestern University - School of Law, Bluhm Legal Clinic; Northwestern University - Center on Wrongful Convictions

Thomas Grisso


University of Massachusetts at Worcester - University of Massachusetts Medical School

Gisli H. Gudjonsson


King's College London

Richard A. Leo


University of San Francisco - School of Law

Allison D. Redlich


State University of New York (SUNY) - School of Criminal Justice

January 1, 2010

Law and Human Behavior, Vol. 34, 2010

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Reviewing the literature on police-induced confessions, we identified suspect characteristics and interrogation tactics that influence confessions and their effects on juries. We concluded with a call for the mandatory electronic recording of interrogations and a consideration of other possible reforms. The preceding commentaries make important substantive points that can lead us forward - on the effects of videotaping of interrogations on case dispositions; on the study of non-custodial methods, such as the controversial Mr. Big technique; and on an analysis of why confessions, once withdrawn, elicit such intractable responses compared to statements given by child and adult victims. Toward these ends, we hope that this issue provides a platform for future research aimed at improving the diagnostic value of confession evidence.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 4

Keywords: Police Interviews, Interrogations, False Confessions

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Date posted: March 1, 2010 ; Last revised: April 6, 2010

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Kassin, Saul M. and Drizin, Steven A. and Grisso, Thomas and Gudjonsson, Gisli H. and Leo, Richard A. and Redlich, Allison D., Police-Induced Confessions, Risk Factors and Recommendations: Looking Ahead (January 1, 2010). Law and Human Behavior, Vol. 34, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1561925

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Saul M. Kassin
John Jay College of Criminal Justice ( email )
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021
United States
Steven A. Drizin
Northwestern University - School of Law, Bluhm Legal Clinic ( email )
375 E. Chicago Ave
Unit 1505
Chicago, IL 60611
United States
312-503-8576 (Phone)
Northwestern University - Center on Wrongful Convictions
375 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, CA 60611
United States
Thomas Grisso
University of Massachusetts at Worcester - University of Massachusetts Medical School ( email )
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655
United States
Gisli H. Gudjonsson
King's College London ( email )
Strand
London, UT England WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom
Richard A. Leo (Contact Author)
University of San Francisco - School of Law ( email )
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
United States
Allison D. Redlich
State University of New York (SUNY) - School of Criminal Justice ( email )
Draper 219
1400 Washington Ave.
Albany, NY 12222
United States
518/442-5210 (Phone)
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