How The Innocence Project Plans To Stop False Confessions Research Paper

Length: 2 pages Sources: 2 Subject: Sports Type: Research Paper Paper: #25030125 Related Topics: Sports Law, Admissions, Admission, Torture
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¶ … video is very shocking because it basically exposes how law enforcement officers will use duress or "wear down" a suspect and provide that suspect with details of a crime so that the suspect can later "confess" in detail about the crime that he/she committed -- when in actuality the story was essentially fed to the suspect by the officers who think (or not) that they have found the guilty party and just need to coerce him (over a number of hours -- not recorded on videotape) using whatever tactics they deem necessary (the judge and jury never see these tactics because they are not recorded but it may be surmised that they border on torture, which should invalidate any confession then and there). What is most infuriating is that these officers essentially act as judge and jury themselves in that they determine the guilt of their suspect and then "get him" to go along with their finding. It is not the way law enforcement agents should: their job is to gather evidence, not to make it up.

What I learned from this video about how and why false confessions occur is that officers will "interrogate" a suspect...

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Why this happens is a little bit of a mystery but it may be surmised that it happens because officers think they have found their man and just need to break him through interrogation and "feeding" of info tactics.

This is definitely a problem because it fosters false confessions which lead to unjust convictions and innocent persons going to jail, sometimes for a long time. This is not justice and should be prevented at once. How can a justice system allow such activity to go on and still take itself seriously? It cannot. Therefore, it is very important that the Innocence Project succeed in its aims of to enforce a law that officers must tape an entire interrogation process. However, as the Project notes, this is still not enough of a solution because as is the case now, how is one to know whether the officers taped the whole interrogation or just the parts that they want the jury to see? Therefore, it is up to a judge to hold a hearing before the…

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False Confessions or Admissions. (n.d.) Innocence Project. Retrieved from http://www.innocenceproject.org/causes-wrongful-conviction/false-confessions-or-admissions


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