November 8, 2010

Historical review of false confessions

If you are looking for more information on false confessions but don't want to read an entire book, last month's New York magazine has a nice historical overview. Contributing editor Robert Kolker goes into depth about the science of interrogation tactics and false-confession psychology, and also proposes some solutions. The fascinating piece, anchored around a 1988 murder case in a hamlet in upstate New York, would make a good reading assignment for students.

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