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Addressing false confessions in New York

On Behalf of | May 9, 2022 | False Arrest/False Imprisonment

False confessions are a huge problem in the criminal justice system. They often lead to wrongful convictions, and sometimes, innocent people end up taking the fall for a crime they didn’t commit. In recent years, law enforcement officials are starting to take this issue more seriously following the realization that a large number of innocent people are going to prison based on false confessions.

How does a false confession happen?

Sometimes, people confess to crimes they didn’t commit because they’re under duress or coercion from law enforcement. Other times, people with mental disabilities or illnesses may falsely confess to a crime because they don’t understand what’s happening. And in some cases, people may confess to a crime they didn’t commit simply because they want the attention or notoriety that comes with it.

How does law enforcement handle false confessions?

In the past, law enforcement officials have been largely dismissive of false confessions and the criminal rights violations that come with them. But in recent years, there’s been a shift in thinking on this issue. More and more police departments are starting to take steps to prevent false confessions from happening in the first place. And when a false confession does occur, law enforcement is now taking it much more seriously and working to correct the situation and protect

What should you do if you’re facing false charges?

If you’ve been arrested and charged with a crime you didn’t commit, the first step is to try and prove your innocence. This can be done by gathering evidence that shows you weren’t at the scene of the crime or by providing an alibi. If you have any recordings of your interactions with police, those can also be helpful in proving your innocence.

Although false confessions are a serious problem, there is some hope that things are starting to change. With more awareness of the issue, and more police departments taking steps to prevent false confessions, there’s a chance that fewer innocent people will be wrongfully convicted in the future.