Police-Induced Confessions, Risk Factors and Recommendations: Looking Ahead
4 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2010 Last revised: 6 Apr 2010
Date Written: January 1, 2010
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 Big technique; and on an analysis of why confessions, once withdrawn, elicit such intractable responses compared to statements given by child and adult victims.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.
Keywords: Police Interviews, Interrogations, False Confessions
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