Urgent Issues and Prospects In Reinforcing Interrogation Practices In the United States and Canada

Legal and Criminological Psychology (2020)

Univ. of San Francisco Law Research Paper No. 2020-14

50 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2020 Last revised: 12 Oct 2020

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Brent Snook

Memorial University

Todd Barron

Independent

Laura Fallon

Independent

Saul M. Kassin

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Steven Kleinman

Operational Sciences International

Richard A. Leo

University of San Francisco

Christian Meissner

Iowa State University - Department of Psychology

Lorca Morello

Independent

Laura Nirider

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law

Allison Redlich

George Mason University

James Trainum

Independent

Date Written: August 7, 2020

Abstract

The current article presents a series of commentaries on urgent issues and prospects in reforming interrogation practices in Canada and the United States. Researchers and practitioners, who have devoted much of their careers to the field of police and intelligence interrogations, were asked to provide their insights on an area of interrogation research that they believe requires immediate attention. The submitted independent commentaries covered a variety of topics – from police recruitment, interrogation training, use of proper interrogation practices, and the treatment of confession evidence in court. Common concerns from the contributions pertained to the lag between scientific knowledge on interrogations and the application of such knowledge in the justice system, and the glaring disparity between the treatment of similar issues in the interrogation context versus other criminal justice contexts. A primary intent of this collection of commentaries is to serve as a resource pointing researchers in the direction of the fundamental areas that require immediate consideration and encouraging them to simultaneously pursue solutions to the overarching concerns that emerged from this project.

Keywords: interrogation, interviewing, policing, reform, criminal justice

Suggested Citation

Snook, Brent and Barron, Todd and Fallon, Laura and Kassin, Saul M. and Kleinman, Steven and Leo, Richard A. and Meissner, Christian and Morello, Lorca and Nirider, Laura and Redlich, Allison and Trainum, James, Urgent Issues and Prospects In Reinforcing Interrogation Practices In the United States and Canada (August 7, 2020). Legal and Criminological Psychology (2020), Univ. of San Francisco Law Research Paper No. 2020-14, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3669413

Brent Snook

Memorial University ( email )

230 Elizabeth Ave
St John's, NL A1B 3X9
Canada

Todd Barron

Independent

Laura Fallon

Independent

Saul M. Kassin

John Jay College of Criminal Justice ( email )

695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021
United States

Steven Kleinman

Operational Sciences International ( email )

United States

Richard A. Leo (Contact Author)

University of San Francisco ( email )

2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
United States

Christian Meissner

Iowa State University - Department of Psychology ( email )

United States

Lorca Morello

Independent

Laura Nirider

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

375 E. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

Allison Redlich

George Mason University ( email )

4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States

James Trainum

Independent

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