Ethical perspectives on interrogation

An analysis of contemporary techniques

Authored by: Maria Hartwig , Timothy J. Luke , Michael Skerker

The Routledge Handbook of Criminal Justice Ethics

Print publication date:  July  2016
Online publication date:  July  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415708654
eBook ISBN: 9781315885933
Adobe ISBN: 9781134619450


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Interrogation is a central component in criminal justice settings as well as military, intelligence, and national security contexts. In the last decades, the practice of interrogation has received widespread attention, in particular from psychologists, criminal justice scholars, and sociologists. There is now a substantial body of empirical research on the nature and effects of interrogation techniques commonly used in practice (Kassin et al. 2010). Moreover, the last few decades have seen a wave of research aiming to improve the practice of interrogation through the development and empirical evaluation of interrogation methods derived from psychological science (Vrij and Granhag 2012).

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