Help Protect Youth in Delaware from Deceptive Interrogation Tactics
In the unjust case of the Exonerated Five in New York City, innocent children broke down and confessed to attacking a jogger in Central Park, after the police lied and said their friends not only confessed but also implicated them in the crime. Like many exonerees, they were subjected to police deception – a tactic that allows law enforcement to lie about the existence of incriminating evidence and/or leniency they could provide in order to coerce confessions, even if law enforcement doesn’t have any proof of their guilt.
The use of deception can lead to false confessions, which played a part in one-third of the nation’s 375 DNA exonerations. Experts have spoken out against the use of deception in interrogations because it is dangerous, unnecessary, and increases the chances of wrongful conviction. Youth are particularly vulnerable to falsely confessing, and even more so when they are lied to by police during an interrogation. However, the tactic remains legal in most of the country.
This year, Delaware lawmakers are considering House Bill 419, which would ban police from lying to children in order to coerce confessions. Use the form above to contact your state representatives and urge them to support banning juvenile deception in Delaware.
This campaign is in partnership with Innocence Delaware.