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Police-induced confessions, risk factors, and recommendations: looking ahead

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Department of Psychiatry

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*Coercion; Interviews as Topic; Judgment; *Jurisprudence; *Police; Review Literature as Topic; Risk Factors; *Truth Disclosure


Criminal Procedure | Law and Psychology | Law Enforcement and Corrections | Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility | Psychiatry


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 Big technique; and on an analysis of why confessions, once withdrawn, elicit such intractable responses compared to statements given by child and adult victims.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.

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Law Hum Behav. 2010 Feb;34(1):49-52. doi: 10.1007/s10979-010-9217-5. Link to article on publisher's site

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Law and human behavior

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