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Kids, Cops, and ConfessionsInside the Interrogation Room$
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Barry C. Feld

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814727775

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814727775.001.0001

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Interrogating Criminal Suspects

Interrogating Criminal Suspects

Law on the Books and Law in Action

(p.12) Chapter One Interrogating Criminal Suspects
Kids, Cops, and Confessions

Barry C. Feld

NYU Press

This chapter reviews the three constitutional strategies used by the U.S. Supreme Court to regulate police interrogation. It argues that these strategies fail because the Court has no way to determine what actually happens during police questioning. The Miranda Court has no empirical evidence of the way police question suspects and instead uses interrogation training manuals and programs as a proxy for real interrogation. The chapter notes that during questioning, police utilize the Reid Method which includes psychological tactics to heighten stress and anxiety during questioning. These tactics can manipulate people during interrogation which leads to false confessions. In addition, the chapter contrasts the Reid Method with investigative interview techniques developed in the United Kingdom.

Keywords:   constitutional strategies, U.S. Supreme Court, interrogation, police questioning, Miranda Court, stress, anxiety, false confessions, United Kingdom

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