Recording Police Interrogations Has Worked -- And Should Be Expanded
Falkoff, Marc D.
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Legislation to expand the use of audio and video recordings of police interrogations of criminal suspects is now pending in the Illinois General Assembly. As originally conceived, the bills would modify the current statute requiring police to record interrogation of homicide suspects, further obliging them to tape interrogations of all felony suspects. The legal community – from police to prosecutors to defense lawyers – should embrace the reforms. The bills would enhance the reliability of criminal trials, deter harsh and abuse interrogations and squelch frivolous claims of abuse by criminal defendants. Moreover, the reforms will save the state money.