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False Confessions Analysis

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In the article, Kassin describes three types of false confessions: voluntary, compliant, and internalized. I believe that there are two types of false confessions present in the video, those being: compliant and internalized. I also think that the two types apply to both groups of young men. Compliant confessions take place when a suspect is anxious or nervous and is trying to escape a stressful situation and avoid punishment, I believe that this took place when after the boys were taken in and they were scared because they were only 14-year olds. I think that this situation is similar to the one discussed in the discussion post from last week, where all juveniles should have an adult present with them, preferably a lawyer. Internalized false confessions come from vulnerable suspects, which majority of juveniles are, and they confess because of highly suggestive interrogations. There are several situational risk factors and dispositional vulnerabilities that contribute to the false confessions that were discussed in the video. Some of those factors are: an individual’s personality specifically compliance, youth, and the…show more content…
I believe that if DNA testing is done before releasing a statement or providing a confession in court, that the DNA evidence would outweigh the confession. Another form of addressing this would be providing all minors with a lawyer, no matter if they waive their Miranda rights. The criminal justice system should acknowledge that youth are vulnerable, unknowing, and easily manipulated. I believe that this should be a right for all minors to protect them from these forms of situations. It would allow them to have a knowledge outsider to support them and have their best interests in mind. I think that this would prevent lots of false confessions and protect the rights of
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