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Police Interrogation and American Justice

Author:   Richard A. Leo
Publisher:   Harvard University Press
ISBN:  

9780674026483


Pages:   328
Publication Date:   01 February 2008
Format:   Hardback
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Police Interrogation and American Justice


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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.Skilful 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-20th 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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Author:   Richard A. Leo
Publisher:   Harvard University Press
Imprint:   Harvard University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 17.00cm , Height: 2.80cm , Length: 24.90cm
Weight:   0.676kg
ISBN:  

9780674026483


ISBN 10:   0674026489
Pages:   328
Publication Date:   01 February 2008
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print
Availability:   Out of stock   Availability explained

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[A] brilliant analysis of police interrogations. In this rich tome, [Leo] analyzes police interrogations in the broad context of the adversarial system of American criminal justice. He presents a thorough look at interrogations as a truth-seeking tool as well as a manipulative means to coerce suspects to say what they should not say, and do not necessarily want to say. Leo's approach of using case studies to supplement his scholarly arguments makes this an interesting and valuable read for anyone interested in police work...The result is a well-organized, well-written social scientific account of police interrogations...His book is an important contribution to the workings of the police in America.--Geoffrey P. Alpert Contemporary Sociology (09/01/2008)


Law professor Leo, one of the most prolific and knowledgeable scholars on police investigations, offers a book both eye-opening and important. -- B. J. Goetz Choice (02/01/2009)


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Richard A. Leo is Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco.

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