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NCJ Number: 150558 Find in a Library
Title: Children, Evidence and Procedure
Editor(s): N K Clark; G M Stephenson
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 95
Sponsoring Agency: British Psychological Soc
Leicester, LE1 7DR, England
Publication Number: ISBN 1-85433-126-4
Sale Source: British Psychological Soc
St Andrews House
48 Princess Road East
Leicester, LE1 7DR,
United Kingdom
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This compilation of papers explores issues associated with collecting evidence from children and child witnesses and other issues related to adolescent fire setters, expert testimony, crime victimization, and vulnerable prisoners.
Abstract: The first paper reports a study of the efficacy of cognitive interviewing techniques with children which determined that a better understanding is needed of how children's prior knowledge affects information retrieval from memory and the reporting of a given event. The second paper describes a systematic approach to gathering evidence from children, while the third paper compares adult and child witnesses. Subsequent papers examine the impact of video cameras in child witness trials and benefits of prisoner links with children to both parents and children, particularly England's Extended Visits Scheme. Papers also deal with adolescent fire setters, legal issues surrounding the admissibility of expert psychological and psychiatric testimony, and objective and subjective indicators of suspect deception. Other authors focus on attributional activities of crime victims and their differential responses to victimization, England's 1984 Police and Criminal Evidence Act, anger control group work in the institutional setting, and special units in England and Wales that provide an alternative approach to managing and treating disruptive prisoners who are vulnerable to assault or intimidation by other inmates. References, tables, and figures
Main Term(s): Corrections in foreign countries
Index Term(s): Children of incarcerated offenders; Crime in foreign countries; England; Evidence collection; Expert witnesses; Foreign correctional systems; Foreign inmates; Foreign juvenile delinquency; Foreign laws; Juvenile fire setters; Juvenile offenders; Juvenile witnesses; Rules of evidence; Victims in foreign countries; Wales
Note: Issues in Criminological and Legal Psychology, No. 20
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