Illinois Is The First State To Tell Police They Can’t Lie To Minors In Interrogations

Jaclyn Diaz:

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed a new bill into law Thursday barring police from lying to underage kids during interrogations.

Commonly used interrogation tactics, such as promising leniency or insinuating that incriminating evidence exists, are banned for suspects under 18 years old under the new law, which goes into effect Jan. 1. 

According to the Innocence Project, an organization focused on exonerating wrongly convicted people, those types of interrogation methods have been shown to lead to false confessions. They’ve also played a role in about 30% of all wrongful convictions later overturned by DNA. 

Illinois once was called the “False Confession Capital of the United States,” the organization said, because of a number of high-profile exonerations of people