Reports & Policies Studies & Journal Articles News Articles Support & Talking Points NACDL Champion Articles Videos Letters & Testimony Organizational Resources
ELECTRONIC RECORDING PROJECT
Reports & Policies
- NACDL Compendium: Electronic Recording of Custodial Interrogations, January 2019.
- ULC Background, Notes, and Model Legislation on Electronic Recordation of Custodial Interrogations Act.
- Irreversible Error: Recommended Reforms for Preventing and Correcting Efforts in the Administration of Capital Punishment, The Constitution Project, 2014.
- DOJ New Department Policy For Electronic Recording, 2014.
Studies & Journal Articles
- Does Video Recording Inhibit Crime Suspects? Evidence From a Fully Randomized Field Experiment, Saul M. Kassin, Aria D. Amrom, Johanna Hellgren, Jeff Kukacka, and Melissa B. Russano, American Psychological Association, 2019.
- Police recording of custodial interrogations: A state-by-state legal inquiry, Brandon L. Bang, Duane Stanton, Craign Hemmens, and Mary K Stohr, International Journal of Police Science & Management, November 2017.
- The Case for Recording Police Interrogations, Thomas P. Sullivan, Andrew W. Vail, and Howard W. Anderson III, American Bar Association, Litigation, Vol. 34 No. 3, Spring 2018.
- Opinion: Videotape All Police Interrogations by Saul Kassin and David Thompson, New York Times, August 1, 2019.
- Examining Why False Confessions Occur in the U.S. Criminal Justice System by Erin Blakemore, The Washington Post, June 23, 2019.
- How to Stop Wrongful Convictions by Bryan Clark, Idaho Falls Post Register, July 9, 2017.
Support & Talking Points
- Suggested Responses to Arguments against Videotaping Interrogations.
- Requiring Videotaped Interrogations Has Broad Support.
- National Organizations - Official Positions on Recording Custodial Interrogations.
- Foreign Countries on Recording Custodial Interrogations.
- False Confessions & Recording of Custodial Interrogations, Innocence Project.
NACDL Champion Articles
- Human Factors in Wrongful Convictions: False Confessions, Innocence Project, November 2018.
- Innocence Project - Chris Ochoa, Innocence Project, May 2007.
Letters & Testimony
Letter to FBI Director on Recording Interrogations, December 2013.
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Recent NACDL Champion Articles
On a Close Reid: Using the Reid Method to Suppress Confessions
In the latest editions of its interrogation manual, Reid and Associates adopted several positions that align with the views of its critics. In a nutshell, Reid and Associates directly or indirectly endorsed many measures that could help prevent false confessions. Defense attorneys seeking to suppress confessions can strengthen their arguments by noting when law enforcement officers ignore any of the recommendations in the Reid manual.
Attacking the False Confession: Advocacy in the State Forum
Wrongful convictions stemming from false confessions and a growing field of false confession research have paved the way for greater public understanding of factors that lead to false confessions. The authors explore the underlying causes of false confessions and the importance of state-level reform.
Police, False Confessions, and a Framework for Change in the US
The mere act of recording an interrogation does not prevent someone from confessing to a crime he did not commit. To truly protect against false confessions, it is necessary to transform police interrogation methods so that they keep up with science and best-known practices. This article presents a framework to reduce police-induced false confessions.