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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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Police Interrogation

Police Interrogation

On the Record

(p.103) Chapter Four Police Interrogation
Kids, Cops, and Confessions

Barry C. Feld

NYU Press

This chapter analyzes how police questioned the vast majority of youths who waived Miranda in the previous chapter. It investigates the process of interrogations—the types of tactics and Reid Method techniques police used. Miranda imposes a structure on interrogations based on warning, waiver, interrogation, and response. Police must build rapport, successfully negotiate a warning, and elicit a waiver before they begin questioning. The chapter also examines how police conclude an interview and demonstrate a voluntary waiver and statement. Any statement must be voluntary and not prompted by threats or promises. Some investigators concluded by asking suspects whether the officer used any coercive influences to elicit their statement.

Keywords:   police questioning, juvenile, youth, Miranda rights, interrogation, Reid Method, warning, waiver, response, coercive influences

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