Saturday, April 22, 2006

The Truth About False Confessions

Wonderful! An entire blog devoted to the subject by Williams College law prof Alan Hirsch. A lot more people confess to crimes they didn't commit than you'd ever think from watching Law & Order reruns. If, like me, you find it hard to wrap your brain around why, you'll want to look at his FAQ, his proposed reforms, and keep checking back as Prof. Hirsch expands his blog ouevre. TTAFC so far explores false confessions by Guantanamo Bay detainees and immature youth, among other topics.

Great idea for a niche blog. Welcome to the blogosphere, Prof. Hirsch. Via CrimProf blog.

UPDATE: Prof Hirsch had an op ed on the subject in the Los Angeles Times ("Why the innocent confess," April 25).


Anonymous said...

Hey -- I've got an article about my Found Clothing Web site in today's New York Times, and it STILL hasn't gotten as many hits as you get on a typical day. So double-kudos to you for really making an impact and having an influence on drug war information and policy ...

Gritsforbreakfast said...

Thanks, Lauri - and congrats on the great NYT coverage!