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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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Justice by Geography

Justice by Geography

Context, Race, and Confessions

(p.178) Chapter Six Justice by Geography
Kids, Cops, and Confessions

Barry C. Feld

NYU Press

This chapter examines how interrogation practices vary with geographic context and produce “justice by geography.” It explores the differences of methods between urban, suburban, and rural police. Juvenile justice administration varies in these places and affects how judges adjudicate and sentence youths. Youths' race and crimes vary with geographic locale and affect interrogation practices. Because geography and race overlap—urban minority and suburban white—the chapter analyzes whether youths of different races waive Miranda differently and whether police question and they respond differently. The presence of the parents also provides an opportunity to assess the role of the police during questioning.

Keywords:   interrogation, police questioning, justice by geography, juvenile justice administration, youth, race, urban minority, suburban white, Miranda

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