Title

False Confessions

Faculty Sponsor

Amanda Zelechoski

College

Arts and Sciences

Department/Program

Psychology

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 5-2018

Abstract

False confessions are one of the main causes of wrongful convictions. Coercive and psychologically damaging interrogation tactics lead to these confessions. Race and socioeconomic status are also relevant to the likelihood of a false confession as Black males make up 70% of previous wrongful conviction exonerees. (Smith 2010). In this amicus curae brief I intend to argue that police used psychologically coercive tactics to gain Jalonte Little’s confession.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

I am a psychology major social work minor from Southern California. I am interested in a career in law enforcement following graduation.

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