Interviewing suspected offenders

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Poor practices in interrogation and interviewing techniques, including those that the scientific literature suggests are counterproductive in eliciting reliable information, have led to many miscarriages of justice around the world, undermining the reputation and trust of the legal processes and organizations involved. This chapter provides a background and history of interrogation and interviewing, one that includes a description of current models and practices and highlights the fundamental differences in the two primary philosophies in Western countries. The chapter also explores the ultimate purpose of interviewing and interrogation together with the questioning strategies that science suggests are the most effective. It is argued throughout the chapter that modern, scientifically backed, interviewing approaches should be used at all times, no matter the challenge or situation, as a pathway towards both the collection of accurate information and diligent adherence to the standards of international human rights.

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Publication dateNov 2015
Publication titleCommunication in investigative and legal contexts : integrated approaches from forensic psychology, linguistics and law enforcement
EditorsGavin Oxburgh, Trond Myklebust, Tim Grant, Rebecca Milne
Place of PublicationChirchester (UK)
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)978-1-118-76922-5, 978-1-118-76923-2
Original languageEnglish

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NameWiley series in psychology of crime, policing and law


  • communication, human rights, investigative interviewing, interrogation, linguistics, torture

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