One of the most confusing aspects of wrongful convictions is the concept of false confessions. Why would someone admit to something they didn't do? For this assignment, we will once again go the Innocence Project website:
Watch the video about false confessions, and write a one page reaction paper about what you have viewed.
1. What did you learn about how and why false confessions occur?
2. Do you think this is a problem - why or why not?
3. Do you agree or disagree with the Innocence Project's proposed solutions to this problem?
1.What did you learn about how and why false confessions occur?
False confessions occur for many reasons including coercion, manipulation, lying, threats, fear from suspects, and prolonged interrogations. Investigators are legally allowed to use deception, lies, and other tactics to elicit confessions wherein they can claim to have evidence that doesn't exist, witnesses that don't exist, etc. to elicit confessions from suspects. In addition, investigators often interrogate suspects for multiple hours without sleep while badgering them with accusations about their guilt, which also can cause psychological breaks in reality for innocent suspects who are not guilty. Many innocent people that have plead guilty under such ...
The expert examines the most confusing aspects of wrongful convictions as the concept of false confessions. Why false confessions occur is determined.