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Adolescents and the Constitutional Right to Remain Silent

Adolescents and the Constitutional Right to Remain Silent
Tuesday, March 1, 2022 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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Program Fee: 
Members Free | Non-Members $15

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Join us for a program on the historical issues, concerns and the current practice around youth voluntary waivers of the right to remain silent as well as a review of proposed legislation mandating consultation with an attorney before there can be a legal waiver.  Also discussed will be the social science research on adolescent development and what that teaches us about how difficult it is for adolescents subject to a custodial interrogation to adequately appreciate the meaning of the Miranda warnings and the implications of a waiver. We will review the data and research on false confessions with a particular focus racial inequality, the risks of false confessions in interrogations of adolescents, as well as the experience of working in a jurisdiction where no waiver is allowed without a youth first consulting with an attorney, and how the benefits of such a law far outweigh any impact it might have on the work of law enforcement

Melissa Friedman
, Direct of Child Welfare Training, Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Practice  


Huwe Burton, Exoneree and Advocate
Martin Feinman, Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Practice
Dr. Emily Haney-Caron, PhD., Associate Professor in Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Rebecca Brown, Director of Policy, Innocence Project

Sponsoring Committee:
Children and the Law, Melissa Friedman and Rachel Stanton, Co-Chairs

Co-Sponsoring Committee:
Council on Children, Dawne Mitchell, Chair
Juvenile Justice, Jennifer Gilroy Ruiz and Maura A. Keating, Co-Chairs

Related Report:
Legislation to Protect Children During Custodial Police Interrogation

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