Types Of Interrogation Techniques Employed By Police And Federal Investigative Agencies

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There are many types of interrogation techniques employed by police and federal investigative agencies as well as the various branches of the military. Hirn Mueller, Schreiber Compo, Molina, Bryon, and Pimentel (2015) studied tactics including suggestive questions, heavy use of yes/no questions, rapid-fire questions, and complex questions. Madon, Guyll, Scherr, Greathouse, and Wells (2012) looked at how the length of the interview plays a part in interrogations. “Our results suggest that suspects who expect a lengthy interrogation may be particularly susceptible to the influence of proximal consequences and, accordingly, may be more likely to confess than are suspects who do not expect a lengthy interrogation” (Madon et al., 2012, p. 11).…show more content…
1). Over the years, history has shown that innocent people have provided false confessions and been convicted of crimes after being subjected to the use of the aforementioned interrogation techniques. As a result, interrogation methods are being questioned (Kassin et al., 2010). In the extraordinary 1932 case of Brown v. Mississippi, “three Black tenant farmers confessed to murder after they were brutally whipped with a steel-studded leather belt--beatings that would continue, the men were told, unless they confessed,” (Kassin, 1997, p. 225). The well-publicized case of the Central Park Five, a group of young men who were convicted and sentenced to extensive prison terms for the beating and rape of a woman New York City’s Central Park, is another example. Controversy arose when, years after the crime was committed and the men were convicted and sentenced to lengthy prison terms, another man came forward and confessed to the crime, forcing the court to re-examine the original convictions. This investigation determined that the suspects were coerced into providing false confessions and they were subsequently released, as a result of People v. Wise (2002). The Innocence Project states that of the 300 wrongful convictions overturned in the United States, about 35% involved a false confession (False Confessions, 2015). Additionally, there are a number of reasons people are compelled to give false confessions. Some of these include intimidation of the interviewee through

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