That is, I think one might reasonably object that they are overly focused on the possibility of false confessions without saying much about the utility of true confessions.However, their specific proposal that interrogations be video-taped does not seem to diminish the ability of police to effectively interrogate suspects and, when possible, to elicit a confession.We need to ask at what cost we are willing to limit the ability of police and Crown prosecutors to prosecute criminal suspects.
That is, I think one might reasonably object that they are overly focused on the possibility of false confessions without saying much about the utility of true confessions.
Finally, Kassin and Gudjonsson note that aggressive interrogation tactics can often produce false confessions.
What makes these findings most troubling, according to Kassin and Gudjonsson, is the strong correlation between false confession and wrongful conviction.
This may seem obvious, but one could reasonably question whether it puts too much emphasis on protecting potentially innocent suspects and not enough on convicting potentially guilty criminals.
In a perfectly just system, criminals would always be brought to justice and treated appropriately, and innocent suspects would always be exonerate.
In that case, one might want to spend more time developing the objection, so as to ensure that one is still being charitable.
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