Underage Suspects Are Apt to Confess to Crimes They Didn’t Commit. Here’s Why. by Justin Peters
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The Wall Street Journal had a good piece recently about the prevalence of false confessions among teenage criminal suspects, and what police departments might be able to do to drop that number. Here’s Zusha Elinson:
Juveniles are more likely than adults to confess to crimes they didn’t commit, a growing body of evidence suggests. Thirty-eight percent of exonerations for crimes allegedly committed by youth under 18 in the last quarter century involved false confessions, compared with 11% for adults, according to a new database of 1,155 individuals who were wrongly convicted and later cleared of all charges.