Arresting Development: Convictions of Innocent Youth

57 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2012

Date Written: August 23, 2010

Abstract

This is the first quantitative study documenting and analyzing a dataset of wrongfully convicted individuals who were teenagers or younger when first accused. The article explores the causes and factors leading to these wrongful convictions and offers reasons why youth may be particularly vulnerable to being convicted for crimes they did not commit. The data shows that these young exonerees falsely confessed at a rate almost double that of an adult dataset of exonerees, and that police-induced false statements from youth play a role in more than half of the cases. The article also proposes reforms to prevent future wrongful convictions of youth.

Keywords: wrongful convictions, youth, juvenile, false confessions

JEL Classification: K10, K19, K30, K39, K49

Suggested Citation

Tepfer, Joshua and Nirider, Laura and Tricarico, Lynda, Arresting Development: Convictions of Innocent Youth (August 23, 2010). Rutgers Law Review, Vol. 62, 2010, Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 12-03, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2010197

Joshua Tepfer (Contact Author)

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

375 E. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

Laura Nirider

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

375 E. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

Lynda Tricarico

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

375 E. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
83
Abstract Views
850
rank
426,836
PlumX Metrics