There are few aspects of police work more important than questioning arrested suspects in felony investigations. To a large extent, our criminal justice system depends upon the accuracy of how the results are reported including all statements, physical actions, facial expressions, and tones of voice of individuals under interrogation.
During the past decade there has been an increasing use of electronic recording equipment by law enforcement to record their interrogations of felony suspects from the Miranda warnings on. Subsequently, there has been concurrent support for legislation and court rules governing these recordings, to ensure statewide consistency in police and sheriffs’ practices and procedures. For example, in 2003, there were two state supreme courts that required recording of custodial interrogations and four others followed suit.
NACDL is pleased to host this compendium of information on various jurisdictions that have enacted statues or courts rules on electronic recording. We hope this information is useful to you as seek to establish legislation in your jurisdictions.
For more information please contact Angelyn C. Frazer at email@example.com or (202) 465-7642.
To view the map of electronic recording statutes and court rulings by state, click here.
To view the national organizations that have taken formal positions regarding the practice of electronic recording, click here.