Friday, September 13, 2013

Underage Suspects Are Apt to Confess to Crimes They Didn’t Commit. Here’s Why.

http://mobile.slate.com/blogs/crime/2013/09/12/false_confessions_juvenile_justice_underage_suspects_are_apt_to_confess.html

Excerpt......PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE, A MUST READ!!!!

"Why so many false confessions? Juvenile suspects are generally more deferential to authority—at least in the context of a police interrogation—and less likely to understand the consequences of confessing to something they didn’t do. “Juveniles are particularly vulnerable: they tend to [be] impulsive, they tend to be more focused on short-term gratification like 'If I confess can I go home?’ ” a Northwestern University professor who has been studying the phenomenon told the Journal. Many police officers understand this, of course, and will play on a teen suspect’s gullibility and inexperience in order to extract a confession..........

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