False Confessions Research Paper

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Mariam Safo 10/22/10 Innocence Project: False Confession/Admissions According to the Innocence Project, “In about 25% of DNA exoneration cases, innocent defendants made incriminating statements, delivered outright confessions or pled guilty.” Some cases have false confessions which are not due to knowledge of a crime or the guilt of actually committing the crime, but are sometimes due to outside influences. Although it may seem that an innocent person wouldn’t “confess” to a crime, there are many reasons why they do especially during police interrogations. There are usually combinations of the cause to the false confessions. According to the Innocence Project, “They include duress, coercion, intoxication, diminished capacity, mental impairment, ignorance of the law, fear of violence, the actual infliction of harm, the threat of a harsh sentence, and misunderstanding the situation.”…show more content…
For example, because it is easy to manipulate children, confessions from them are often unreliable during police interrogations. Usually suspects are convinced that that they can “go home” after admitting to a crime. In some cases, people with mental disabilities often falsely confessed because they believe that they should agree with people of authority. According to the Innocence Project, “Mentally capable adults also give false confessions due to a variety of factors like the length of interrogation, exhaustion or a belief that they can be released after confessing and prove their innocence later. To ensure the decrease of false interrogations, The Innocence Project has had changes in the practice of suspect interrogations in the U.S., and has also allowed electronic recording of

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