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Reviews in Review
By Ellen S. Podgor
Reviews in Review columns.
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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