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Kids, cops, and confessions : inside the interrogation room / Barry C. Feld.

By: Feld, Barry C.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: New York : New York University Press, ©2013Description: 1 online resource (x, 341 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780814770467; 0814770460; 9780814770672; 0814770673.Subject(s): Juvenile justice, Administration of -- United States | Police questioning -- United States | Juvenile delinquents -- United StatesAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Kids, cops, and confessions.DDC classification: 363.25/40830973 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Interrogating criminal suspects: law on the books and law in action -- Questioning juveniles: law and developmental psychology -- To waive or not to waive: that is the question -- Police interrogation: on the record -- Juveniles respond to interrogation: outcomes and consequences -- Justice by geography: context, race, and confessions -- True and false confessions: different outcomes, different processes -- Policy reforms.
Summary: "Juveniles possess less maturity, intelligence, and competence than adults, heightening their vulnerability in the justice system. For this reason, states try juveniles in separate courts and use different sentencing standards than for adults. Yet, when police bring kids in for questioning, they use the same interrogation tactics they use for adults, including trickery, deception, and lying to elicit confessions or to produce incriminating evidence against the defendants. In Kids, Cops, and Confessions, Barry Feld offers the first report of what actually happens when police question juveniles. Drawing on remarkable data, Feld analyzes interrogation tapes and transcripts, police reports, juvenile court filings and sentences, and probation and sentencing reports, describing in rich detail what actually happens in the interrogation room. Contrasting routine interrogation and false confessions enables police, lawyers, and judges to identify interrogations that require enhanced scrutiny, to adopt policies to protect citizens, and to assure reliability and integrity of the justice system. Feld has produced an invaluable look at how the justice system really works"--Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Interrogating criminal suspects: law on the books and law in action -- Questioning juveniles: law and developmental psychology -- To waive or not to waive: that is the question -- Police interrogation: on the record -- Juveniles respond to interrogation: outcomes and consequences -- Justice by geography: context, race, and confessions -- True and false confessions: different outcomes, different processes -- Policy reforms.

"Juveniles possess less maturity, intelligence, and competence than adults, heightening their vulnerability in the justice system. For this reason, states try juveniles in separate courts and use different sentencing standards than for adults. Yet, when police bring kids in for questioning, they use the same interrogation tactics they use for adults, including trickery, deception, and lying to elicit confessions or to produce incriminating evidence against the defendants. In Kids, Cops, and Confessions, Barry Feld offers the first report of what actually happens when police question juveniles. Drawing on remarkable data, Feld analyzes interrogation tapes and transcripts, police reports, juvenile court filings and sentences, and probation and sentencing reports, describing in rich detail what actually happens in the interrogation room. Contrasting routine interrogation and false confessions enables police, lawyers, and judges to identify interrogations that require enhanced scrutiny, to adopt policies to protect citizens, and to assure reliability and integrity of the justice system. Feld has produced an invaluable look at how the justice system really works"--Provided by publisher.

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Library Journal Review

Investigatory questioning by law enforcement is understood to involve an unequal balance of power with an intrinsic opportunity for abuse. For this reason, Miranda warning rights and other constitutional protections exist in the United States. Nevertheless, Feld (law, Univ. of Minnesota; Juvenile Justice Administration in a Nutshell) warns in his latest book that these legal protections have failed miserably, particularly when juveniles are involved. Feld cautions that juvenile interrogations are ripe for inquisitorial abuse owing, first, to juveniles' incompetence to exercise their Miranda rights effectively; second, to police officers' skill in using psychological tools to gain a waiver; and third, to judicial inability to supervise interrogations as they happen. His research reveals that juvenile interrogation tactics and procedures have resulted in various injustices including the proliferation of false confessions. Feld also offers solutions, including the simple one of recording all custodial interrogations for possible review. VERDICT Recommended. Judges and attorneys as well as law enforcement agencies and juvenile advocates will find this book useful as they work toward the goal of fair treatment and justice for juveniles, both guilty and innocent.-Reba Kennedy, San Antonio, TX (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Feld (Minnesota) examines the significant and complex issue of police interviewing (interrogation) of juveniles. He labels the standard use of police interrogation procedures for adult suspects as a discredited practice, even more egregious when applied to juvenile suspects. This study maintains that in the course of the typical investigative process, law enforcement routinely violates the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution with psychological mistreatment and physiological duress, at a minimum. One particularly important focus is the controversial but unintended failure of the Miranda warnings. These Fifth Amendment-based warnings, made applicable to juveniles in the case of In re Gault, provide a justifying shelter for less-than-adequate adult or juvenile protection. Further, the author asserts that juvenile protections (due to youthful fear and lack of an intimate understanding of the legal system) should be extended specifically to mandatory attorney counsel for juveniles under the age of 16 during any law enforcement questioning. His research is fairly conducted but generally limited to four counties in Minnesota, which by reasonable academic standards is ordinarily considered too constricted a sample size. This is especially significant, given the sweeping generalizations Feld makes regarding law enforcement practices and juvenile suspects in the US justice system. Summing Up: Recommended. All academic levels/libraries. R. M. Seklecki Minot State University

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