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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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(p.1) Introduction
Kids, Cops, and Confessions

Barry C. Feld

NYU Press

This introductory chapter briefly describes the transformation of police interrogation techniques for juveniles. In the beginning of the twentieth century the law characterized children as irresponsible and incompetent, rejected claims for procedural protections, and created a civil, rehabilitative system for young people in lieu of punitive criminal justice. By the end of the twentieth century however, lawmakers adopted policies that equated adolescents' culpability with that of adults. While the sanctions of juvenile courts may be less harsh than criminal sentences, the direct penalties and collateral consequences share similar penal elements. The chapter highlights the role of the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in this transformation. It concludes with outlining the three analytical goals of the book.

Keywords:   interrogation techniques, juveniles, procedural protections, culpability, children, adults, Fifth Amendment

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