Kids, Cops, and Confessions

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-11-26
  • Publisher: New York Univ Pr

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Juveniles possess less maturity, intelligence, and competence than adults, heightening their vulnerability in the justice system. For this reason, states try juveniles in separate courts and use different sentencing standards than for adults. Yet, when police bring kids in for questioning, they use the same interrogation tactics they use for adults, including trickery, deception, and lying to elicit confessions or to produce incriminating evidence against the defendants. InKids, Cops, and Confessions, Barry Feld offers the first report of what actually happens when police question juveniles. Drawing on remarkable data, Feld analyzes interrogation tapes and transcripts, police reports, juvenile court filings and sentences, and probation and sentencing reports, describing in rich detail what actually happens in the interrogation room. Contrasting routine interrogation and false confessions enables police, lawyers, and judges to identify interrogations that require enhanced scrutiny, to adopt policies to protect citizens, and to assure reliability and integrity of the justice system. Feld has produced an invaluable look at how the justice system really works.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Interrogating Criminal Suspects: Law on the Books and Law in Actionp. 12
Questioning Juveniles: Law and Developmental Psychologyp. 35
To Waive or Not to Waive: That Is the Questionp. 60
Police Interrogation: On the Recordp. 103
Juveniles Respond to Interrogation: Outcomes and Consequencesp. 141
Justice by Geography: Context, Race, and Confessionsp. 178
True and False Confessions: Different Outcomes, Different Processesp. 228
Policy Reformsp. 247
Data and Methodologyp. 271
Where the Girls Arep. 282
Notesp. 289
Referencesp. 313
Indexp. 333
About the Authorp. 341
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