To further your thinking about the assigned reading (Chapter 6), discussion questions are provided below. First, compose a minimum of 100 words in response to the questions. Second, save the work to your hard drive, and then, post your response here in Canvas. Next, read the responses provided by your classmates and compose a 100-word minimum critical response to 1 classmate’s post. (For the second part, I will provide you with one my classmates’ post to respond to right after I receive the answer of the questions because they will be viable after I post my answer)
Please watch the short PBS Frontline video except from The Confessions (approximately 2-3 minutes):
In this video we briefly observe a few details from one of the convicted offenders regarding how false confessions may arise. However, when interrogating suspected criminals, police are allowed to make accusations, lie about or make up evidence, yell at the suspects or get in their faces. For example, in the case shown in the video of the Norfolk Four, the police told one of the men that he had failed a polygraph (lie detector) test, even though he had passed it. Why do you think it is legal for police to lie when questioning a potential criminal? Do you think that is right? Why or why not? What sorts of legal reforms should be in place to decrease the incidence of police interrogators obtaining false confessions from suspects?
Although it is not required, you may view the entire documentary here:
Finally, if you pull additional information from a source (internet, book, article, journal article) to develop your response, please be sure to cite it appropriately in APA format. Below is an example to follow for a journal article. This includes the authors’ names, year of publication, title of the article, the name of the journal in italics, the volume number of the journal in italics, and the issue number in parentheses, followed by the page number range:
Journal article example:
Sampson, R. J., & Laub, J. H. (2005). A life-course view of the development of crime. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 602(1), 12-45.
Web Document or Report example:
Kaste, M. (January, 2016). California cops frustrated with “Catch-and-Release” crime fighting. Retrieved from: https://www.npr.org/2016/01/22/463210910/california-cops-frustrated-with-catch-and-release-crime-fightin (Links to an external site.)