Homework on Interrogations
1. Sometimes people make false confessions in what seems like an irrational way. What are two police interrogation tactics that can induce irrational false confessions? (1-3 sentences)
2. Sometimes people make false confessions and this does not look so irrational. Why, according to the reading, might it be somewhat rational to confess to a crime one did not commit? (1-2 sentences)
3. If someone falsely confesses to a crime, it seems intuitive they would just recant the confession, or their attorney could show during the that the confession is false. Why, in real life, do things often not work out that way? Answer using ideas from the reading. (1-3 sentences)
4. According to the reading, are confessions an important tool for prosecuting crime? Why or why not? (1-2 sentences)
5. In your opinion, and in light of what you have read, how should police interrogation be conducted, if at all, and why? Explain your answer.