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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Parilo on Custodial Interrogations in Prison

Michelle Parilo has posted Protecting Prisoners During Custodial Interrogations: The Road Forward after Howes v. Fields (Boston College Journal of Law and Social Justice, Vol. 33, Winter 2012) on SSRN> Here is the abstract:

The Supreme Court in Miranda v. Arizona sought to mitigate the inherently coercive atmosphere of custodial interrogations to protect victims from involuntary self-incrimination. In analyzing custody for Miranda purposes, courts look at whether a reasonable person would feel his freedom of movement was restricted. When conducting the Miranda custody analysis for interrogated prisoners, courts should thoroughly consider the negative psychological effects of prisons in order to understand the prisoner’s mindset. The Court had the opportunity to conduct this thorough analysis of the dehumanization of prisoners in Howes v. Fields, but it instead minimized the coercive effects of prisons. Moreover, the Court’s finding that the prisoner in Howes v. Fields was not in Miranda custody is inconsistent with its past holdings. This Note argues that in the future, courts should consider with greater nuance the negative effects of prisons in order to protect prisoners from making involuntary confessions.

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