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December 2007 , Page 47 

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Reviews in Review

By Ellen S. Podgor

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The law review literature on confessions is plentiful, with many articles calling for reforms such as videotaping confessions. The articles selected here fall within three key categories: juveniles, corroboration, and reliability.

False Confessions — Juveniles

Christine S. Scott-Hayward, Explaining Juvenile False Confessions: Adolescent Development and Police Interrogation, 31 Law & Psychology 53 (2007):

Ms. Scott-Hayward “examines the connection between adolescent psychological development, police interrogation, and the false confession phenomenon,” concluding that “juvenile false confessions are a serious problem.” She calls for states to “tackle” this problem, and offers as one suggestion the videotaping of all confessions.

Barry C. Feld, Criminology: Police Interrogation of Juveniles: An Empirical Study of Policy and Practice, 97 Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 219 (2006) & Juveniles Competence to Exercise Miranda Rights: An Empirical Study of Policy and Pr

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