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NCJ Number: 135831 Find in a Library
Title: Effects of Case Characteristics on Suspect Behaviour During Police Questioning
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:32  Issue:1  Dated:(Winter 1992)  Pages:23-40
Author(s): S Moston; G M Stephenson; T M Williamson
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 18
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: A random sample of 1,067 cases from 9 metropolitan police stations in England was studied in 1989 to determine the relationship between a suspect's characteristics and case and the suspect's decision to admit or deny having committed an offense.
Abstract: Each suspect was interviewed by a police detective. Information regarding the interviews was gathered by questionnaires. The variables included the interviewer's perception of the strength of evidence against the suspect, the interviewer's perception of the offense seriousness, the offense type, the suspect's age and sex, the suspect's criminal history, and the suspect's use of legal advice. Results showed that 42 percent of the suspects made admissions during police questioning. In addition, the decision to admit an allegation during questioning was associated mainly with three factors: (1) the strength of the evidence, (2) legal advice, and (3) the suspect's criminal history. Finally, the questioning techniques appeared to have little or no effect on the suspect's decision to admit an offense. Tables and 12 references
Main Term(s): Confessions; Interrogation procedures
Index Term(s): England; Foreign police; Suspect interrogation
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