False Confession Research Paper

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Falsely confessing to a crime puts consequences on the wrong individual and creates issues within police agencies. There are estimates that false confessions include 5-12% of all confessions. A false confession is when someone admits guilt to a crime that they did not commit. Although confessions are considered valuable as evidence in court, there are factors that can impact the accuracy of confessions, such as one 's mental, physical, and emotional state. There are multiple reasons one may falsely confess; Three of these reasons are: a promise of a lighter sentence, feeling one is protecting others by confessing, and admitting to a crime due to exhaustion. Often, officers will coerce an individual to committing to a crime by explaining that
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