Mothers: what do they know? And more importantly, what don’t they know?

Cavanaugh and Cauffman recently published a study examining the relationship between rates of reoffending of first-time male juvenile offenders and their mothers’ characteristics. These characteristics included their participation in their sons’ court cases and their legal knowledge.

The sample consisted of over three hundred mother-son pairs. The vast majority of the mothers were the biological parent but in a few cases, they were the biological grandmothers, step or adoptive mothers.… Read More

Reid Training: does it impact what happens in the interrogation room?

In an attempt to learn from the interrogator’s perspective, about how interrogators are trained, interrogation practices in general as well as if the techniques used differed when the suspect was a juvenile or adult, Cleary and Warner (2016) surveyed seasoned police from across the country. At the time they were surveyed, the officers were attending an intensive training at the FBI academy.… Read More

Juveniles and Miranda: What really goes on in the interrogation room?

Cleary and Vidal (2016) examined how Miranda warnings are presented in interrogations of juvenile suspects. The researchers’ innovative spin on this topic was that they looked at recordings of actual police interrogations from a variety of jurisdictions. Among other things, when they reviewed the recordings, the researchers noted the manner in which the Miranda warnings were delivered and how the police assessed the juveniles’ comprehension of the warnings.… Read More