Why do these offenders confess?
Learning Goal: I’m working on a writing practice test / quiz and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.Macey Hale This discussion is to be focused on the article, “Miranda is not the Problem: Police Deception Is”, which explains the issue of police deception within law enforcement. This specific article discusses the change in Chief Justice William Rehnquist’s support of the 1966 Miranda rights decision. As an Associate Justice, Rehnquist often opposed the idea of Miranda rights, now he strongly reaffirms the case results of Dickerson v. United States (Kopel, 2000). Further reading into the article, it explains that law enforcement officers have learned the roundabouts of the Miranda rights (Kopel, 2000). As a routine duty, an officer is supposed to read the offender their Miranda rights. Some individuals claim that they know their rights and confess regardless (Kopel, 2000). Why do these offenders confess? Are they forced to confess? Within the article, we read that the interrogation rooms are constructed to make the offender feel as of they are helpless and overfilled with anxiety. The interrogator does this to instill self-doubt, so the interrogator works as an actor (Kopel, 2000). Other methods can include evidence, witnesses, or even other individuals involved have pleaded against the individual in custody. From the article, we understand these methods are not the only source of graining compliance for the interrogators. Instead, the interrogators must also rely on five methods listed under methods of neutralization (Kopel, 2000). These methods make the offender feel as if he did not hurt the victim, the victim got what he/she deserved, or use societal issues to force sympathy. While these methods may seem right in the eyes of some critics, they still pose an ethical issue of coercion. After reading the article and understanding the mindset behind the techniques used to obtain a solid confession, the interrogator must feel some sort of ethical obligation to inform the offender. Therefore, from reading the article, one can develop a sense of agreement that ethical principles must be acknowledged through the techniques used by interrogators. While studying criminal justice, an individual must acknowledge that some corruption exists to obtain desirable results. On the other hand, not all interrogation techniques are purely unethical on the behalf of the interrogator, these techniques have positive attributes. As to prevent a violation of ethics, law enforcement should seek to inform and gain consent from the offender. This consent should provide a full explanation of what to expect and ensure that the offender understands his/her Miranda rights. Respond to this persons discussion No more than 120 words
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