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In the 1967 ruling the Supreme Court ruled on the In re Gault case. That case was a landmark case involving juvenile rights. In that case the court ruled that a juvenile would be afforded the same rights as an adult. Also the court stated that “if counsel was not present for some permissible reason when an admission was obtained, the greatest care must be taken to assure that the admission was voluntary, in the sense not only that it was not coerced or suggested, but also that it was not the product of ignorance of rights or of adolescent fantasy, fright or despair” (Krzewinski, L. M. n.d  BUT I DIDN’T DO IT: PROTECTING).                        

Police in the past have interrogated juveniles as the same as an adult. A lot of departments have used the Reid technique when interviewing juveniles.  The Reid technique has three steps. The first is to bring the suspect in and isolate them in a small room with no windows. The second step the detective lets the suspect know that they are guilty. They tell them lies and lye about evidence that they have that confirms the suspect guilt. And last the detective buddies up to the offender and tells them more lies that everything is going to be ok and they understand why they committed the crime that they are talking about. This process will lead people who don’t understand what is going on to give a false confession. In the case of juveniles there have been several incidents that the detective conducting the interview will make false promises that if the juvenile admits to the crime that they will get to go home. After being in small room with a stranger a juvenile will say anything to get out of that room and go home. They don’t understand that they will not get to go home and the statement will be used against them in court. Police have learned from their mistakes and todays frontline departments have changed their tactics when it comes to interviewing juveniles.

As police we are sworn to uphold the law. We are the last defense for our way of life. If as law enforcement we don’t do our jobs with integrity and impartial biases then our system will fail the ones we swore to protect.  We have to understand that we are there to protect the victims and the offenders equally. We cannot bend the rules or operate in a gray area just to get a conviction. And when we deal with juveniles extra steps must be in place for their protection and the protection of the public


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