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True Stories of False Confessions
Editors Rob Warden and Steven Drizin—leaders in the field of wrongful convictions—have gathered articles about some of the most critical accounts of false confessions in the U.S. justice system from more than forty authors, including Sydney H. Schanberg, Christine Ellen Young, Alex Kotlowitz, and John Grisham. Many of the pieces originally appeared in leading magazines and ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published June 11th 2009 by Northwestern University Press
(first published 2009)
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Americans today are more familiar than they used to be with wrongful convictions. Thanks to DNA testing of old evidence and Innocence Projects, including the one at Northwestern University that editor Rob Warden works for, hundreds of innocent inmates have been exonerated and released in the last two decades. This fact has informed many Americans that our criminal justice system is less accurate than we had assumed. Every time someone else is exonerated after decades in prison, it also reveals t ...more
I read this book on the heels of a conversation that started with “Why would anyone ever confess to a crime they did not commit?” It turns out the answer to that question is not an easy one. It comes in many various forms: from the obvious (police interrogators putting words into people’s mouths) to the ridiculous (being so frightened of the consequences it seems better to confess than face having to prove being innocent) to the horrific (persons of compromised mental faculty being questioned w ...more
An intelligent and haunting examination of some of the greatest miscarriages of justice in American history, all as a result of false confessions. Those who think that 'innocent people don't confess' should read this book to understand the mental and physical conditions interrogators impose on suspects in order to initiate a confession, and how the weak or vulnerable will confess to end the questioning and accusations in the naive hope that they can retract their statement later on without conse ...more