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Three Ways Coercive Questioning Brings False Confessions, Wrongful Convictions

April 2019 bar bulletin

From News & Experts

Many crime-based movies have been made about the wrongly accused and imprisoned, but the scenario plays out often in real life as well. One contributing factor continuing to draw interest from the legal profession and law enforcement is coercive police interrogation and how it can influence a false confession by an innocent suspect.

According to The Innocence Project, which focuses on the exoneration of falsely convicted felons, between 1989 and 2016 false confessions occurred in 31 percent of DNA-exonerated cases, and in 63 percent of DNA exonerations involving homicides. Concerns about false confessions reached the point where a long-used interrogation...

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