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Helms School of Government; School of Behavioral Sciences


Criminal Justice


Criminology and Criminal Justice | Psychology


Many studies have been conducted to examine how false confessions occur, and what their impacts are. Throughout its history, America has instituted standards for interrogation procedures that are aligned with research findings and that build off constitutional principles. These are designed to protect individual rights while still accomplishing the goals of the judicial system. This paper discusses false confessions, interrogation laws, and how these impact a suspect, as well as the other influences acting upon suspects including plea bargaining and psychological processes. A compilation of research findings and case law culminates in the conclusion that changes must be made to the American criminal justice system in order to minimize the risk of false confessions and ensure that individual rights are protected.