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"The Baltimore exonerees’ cases shed light on the need for reforming youth interrogations," by Marilyn Mosby and Miriam Aroni Krinsky, Washington Post, November 27, 2019
"Opinion: Videotape All Police Interrogations," by Saul Kassin and David Thompson, New York Times, August 01, 2019
"How to stop wrongful convictions," by Bryan Clark, Idaho Falls Post Register, July 09, 2017
"'Insane' DOJ Anti-Recording Policy Has Finally Been Reversed," by Ryan J. Reilly, Huffington Post, May 21, 2014
"New DOJ Policy Urges Agents To Videotape Interrogations," by Carrie Johnson, NPR, May 21, 2014
"Police agencies now required to video suspect interrogations," Associated Press, April 04, 2018
"Ohio Bill Seeks To Require Recording Of Interrogations," by Lisa Mullins, WBUR, July 04, 2019
"Examining why false confessions occur in the U.S. criminal justice system," by Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, June 23, 2019