9780674035317-0674035313-Police Interrogation and American Justice

Police Interrogation and American Justice

ISBN-13: 9780674035317
ISBN-10: 0674035313
Author: Leo, Richard A.
Publication date: 2009
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Format: Paperback 384 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780674035317
ISBN-10: 0674035313
Author: Leo, Richard A.
Publication date: 2009
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Format: Paperback 384 pages

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Acknowledged authors Leo, Richard A. wrote Police Interrogation and American Justice comprising 384 pages back in 2009. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0674035313 and 9780674035317. Since then Police Interrogation and American Justice textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 2.00 or rent at the marketplace.

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"Read him his rights." We all recognize this line from cop dramas. But what happens afterward? In this book, Richard Leo sheds light on a little-known corner of our criminal justice system--the police interrogation.

Incriminating statements are necessary to solve crimes, but suspects almost never have reason to provide them. Therefore, as Leo shows, crime units have developed sophisticated interrogation methods that rely on persuasion, manipulation, and deception to move a subject from denial to admission, serving to shore up the case against him. Ostensibly aimed at uncovering truth, the structure of interrogation requires that officers act as an arm of the prosecution.

Skillful and fair interrogation allows authorities to capture criminals and deter future crime. But Leo draws on extensive research to argue that confessions are inherently suspect and that coercive interrogation has led to false confession and wrongful conviction. He looks at police evidence in the court, the nature and disappearance of the brutal "third degree," the reforms of the mid-twentieth century, and how police can persuade suspects to waive their Miranda rights.

An important study of the criminal justice system, Police Interrogation and American Justice raises unsettling questions. How should police be permitted to interrogate when society needs both crime control and due process? How can order be maintained yet justice served?

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