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10 Reasons Why Parent Involvement Is Not Enough to Protect Adolescent Suspects

During Custodial Police Interrogations

Some states have proposed or passed legislation that would permit or require parents to have greater involvement in custodial police interrogations of their children. When the police interrogate adolescent suspects, can parents play a protective role in the interrogation room? Will they? Professor Hayley M.D. Cleary discusses 10 reasons parent involvement policies, while well intentioned, can have dangerous unintended consequences for the youth they are designed to protect.