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False confessions may be a recurring problem in our criminal justice system, but the problem is especially pronounced in interrogations of juvenile suspects. In a series of studies cited by State Sen. Ted W. Lieu, the author of Senate Bill 569, research showed the following:
This is most likely a problem attributable to the partially-developed brains of children and teenagers. The same justification provided support for the Supreme Court's elimination of the death penalty for juveniles and California's mercy rule, passed last year, for juveniles convicted of homicide.
The new bill requires that interrogations of minors suspected of homicide be videotaped, both to increase the strength of the evidence against the suspect, and to guard against false confessions. There are exceptions however, including where:
Any claims of exemption must be proven by the prosecutor by clear and convincing evidence.
The bill was signed by Governor Brown earlier this month.
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