Project Title

Wrongful Convictions and False Confessions: An Analysis of Exoneration Cases

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RCHSS - Psychological Science

Abstract (300 words maximum)

False confessions are a contributing factor to wrongful convictions. In this study, data from the National Registry of Exonerations was used to examine patterns in false confession cases, including the presence of co-contributing factors such as perjury, the presence of police-related situational factors, exoneree individual difference factors, and non-police related factors. Results suggest false confessions are just one of several factors that can lead to false imprisonment. Factors that contribute to false confessions appear to be consistent with prior research. Comparisons of juveniles and adults also reveal patterns that may offer a better understanding which factors co-occur.

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Poster

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Wrongful Convictions and False Confessions: An Analysis of Exoneration Cases

False confessions are a contributing factor to wrongful convictions. In this study, data from the National Registry of Exonerations was used to examine patterns in false confession cases, including the presence of co-contributing factors such as perjury, the presence of police-related situational factors, exoneree individual difference factors, and non-police related factors. Results suggest false confessions are just one of several factors that can lead to false imprisonment. Factors that contribute to false confessions appear to be consistent with prior research. Comparisons of juveniles and adults also reveal patterns that may offer a better understanding which factors co-occur.