Why Juveniles Should Not Juveniles

2051 Words Apr 16th, 2015 9 Pages
The question of whether or not juveniles have the knowledge or maturity to waive or exercise their rights comes to be very controversial in situations of juvenile interrogations. There is a discrepancy between whether juveniles should be responsible enough to exercise their rights or if they are immature, vulnerable, and all together incapable of understanding the rights they are granted. Many people believe that juveniles should have a parent present during interrogations to guide them through their rights while others believe that juveniles who commit crimes should be held equally as responsible for their actions as adults.
What is Interrogation? Interrogation is when law enforcement authorities question witnesses or suspects thought to get answers to a crime. Before being questioned, the person is entitled to be informed of his/her rights. If law enforcement authorities neglect to inform the individual of his/her rights, any answers received during the interrogation are not admissible as evidence in court. Different techniques are used by law enforcement officials to interrogate suspects, but the two major techniques used are “The Reid Method” and “PACE (Police and Criminal Evident Act) and PEACE (planning and preparation, engage and explain, account, closure, and evaluate)”. The Reid Method is a form of accusatory interview used to confirm guilt of the suspect. During this type of interrogation, the suspect is put under increased stress in an attempt by…

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