Media Technology and Police Interrogations

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  • Video and audio are used to provide reliable recordings for the courts of interrogations and confessions occurring in police custody. Currently in the United States, recordings of confessions are more common than recordings of full interrogations.

    Recording police interrogations reduces the risks of false confessions, protects the police against charges of using coercive tactics, improves the quality of interrogations, aids in monitoring by supervisors, and reduces court time. Recordings may be video or audio. Video recordings provide a more complete record of events, including body language. It is a law enforcement tool widely endorsed by law enforcement officers who have used it. Diverse local and international organizations, such as the New York County Lawyers' Association, the United Nations Human Rights Committee, and the European Committee for ...

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