Facilitating Confessions of Suspects Interrogated for Sexual Offenses

Michel St-Yves, Surete du Quebec
Lino Maurizio, Surete du Quebec

ABSTRACT
Research and the practice in the field of the police interrogation show that several factors influence the course of an interview with a suspect, beginning with the attitudes of the investigator and police interviewing techniques. Certain characteristics of the suspect, such as age, ethnic origins, IQ, past experience with the criminal justice system, and personality, can also influence the propensity to make or not make a confession. The nature and the severity of the crime are also impottant factors, in particular concerning sexual crimes.

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