Interrogations and Confessions
in Jay Albanese, ed., THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE (John Wiley & Sons 2014).
8 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2012 Last revised: 24 Jun 2014
Date Written: 2011
This essay furnishes an overview of scholars’ exploration of the phenomenon of false confession in the American criminal justice system, which remains one of the most prominent causes of wrongful convictions. The essay examines several important issues studied by social scientists and legal scholars, including why false confessions occur, what happens to suspects who make false confessions as their cases proceed through the legal system, and why false confessions remain unrecognized as such by the police, attorneys, judges and juries who assess them.
Keywords: interrogation, false confession, police, wrongful conviction, innocence, criminal procedure
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