Police Interrogations And Confessions

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Interrogations and Confessions George R Williams Forensic Psychology CJ4641 Ms. Chau August 25, 2015 Abstract This paper presents to the reader an overview of the traumatic experience involved in a police interrogation. It also highlights the possibilities of an innocent person confessing to a crime. The thought of giving a false confessing to a crime is preposterous, but it does happen. The trip will begin with a description of the interrogation room. There will be an initial interview with the interrogators. Once the police decide they have a viable suspect, the inquiry will commence. Interrogations and Confessions Law enforcement has an array of tools in their crime fighting arsenal, and one of their most formidable tools…show more content…
“The Third Degree” was the phrase used for police torture in America. The methods included exposure to bright lights, cold water, and physical blows. Suspects were convicted by confessions extracted from them, after hours of physical abuse and torture. Most police departments in America developed their particular techniques and customary patterns for administering their favorite form of the third degree. The police conducted this physical abuse and torture of suspects with impunity. There was no meaningful oversight from anyone with more authority(judges or prosecutors) than the interrogators. However, the judges and prosecutors were often willing participants in various facets of the brutal interrogations. The goals of the parties involved in the brutally inflicted on the suspects was a confession. Therefore, ensuring an airtight conviction (Leo, Book Note:"The Third Degree," from Police Interrogration and American Justice , 2008). Although, there are other options that are available to the police that has been authorized and approved by the U.S. Supreme…show more content…
The video allows the justice system to observe the examination and review details of any confession. It also enables them to make a determination on how the information isobtained from the suspect. There is growing support for videotaped confessions. However, only a minute number of state and city governments has accessed videotaping of interrogations. Most federal law enforcement agencies have instituted a policy that all interrogations of suspects are taped. Thus, it is not impossible to imagine that recording interrogations may soon become standard procedure and widely used (Mnookin,

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