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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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Juveniles Respond to Interrogation

Juveniles Respond to Interrogation

Outcomes and Consequences

(p.141) Chapter Five Juveniles Respond to Interrogation
Kids, Cops, and Confessions

Barry C. Feld

NYU Press

This chapter describes how juveniles respond to police tactics during interrogations and their attitudes in the interrogation room. It analyzes their demeanor, how their attitude determined whether they cooperated or resisted, the evidentiary value of statements, and the length of interrogations. It examines how often police obtain confessions, admissions, or denials, and leads to other evidence. It also investigates how juveniles' decision to waive or invoke Miranda affects case processing—offense level at conviction, charge reduction, and sentence. The criminal and juvenile justice systems rely heavily on plea bargains, and youths' admissions affect the balance of advantage between prosecutors and defense lawyers. The relationship between confessions and pleas highlights the Crime Control model of justice with one critical difference. Although police interrogation involves an informal, administrative inquiry, in Minnesota it is a proceeding “on the record.” This led the state to convict more juveniles who waived Miranda.

Keywords:   juvenile justice system, criminal justice system, interrogation, police questioning, attitudes, demeanor, Crime Control model of justice, Minnesota

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