The 21st Show

New Law Bans Police From Lying To Minors During Interrogations


Illinois recently became the first state to ban the use of deception when interrogating minors. Police officers have used lying to suspects as one way to get them to confess to crimes — and young people are more likely to falsely confess to something they did not do during this type of questioning.

The 21st spoke with an attorney and police chief about how these techniques lead to false confessions and what the new law will change.


Alexa Van Brunt, Director of the MacArthur Justice Center Clinic at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Civil Rights Attorney 

Mitchell Davis, President of Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Chief of Hazel Crest Police Department


Prepared for web by Zainab Qureshi

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