Volume 4, Issue 2

In this issue:

Suspect interviewing and mental health in the UK: An overview
Suspect interviewing and mental health in the UK: An overview
Authors: Laura D. Farrugia and Rebecca Milne Centre of Forensic Interviewing, Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth, UK View Abstract

The interviewing of a person suspected of committing a criminal offence is a key and significant aspect of police work. Some research has suggested that, until recently, police officers would often try to persuade suspects to confess, regardless of the available evidence, rather than searching for the truth. But what is a miscarriage of justice and why do they occur? No criminal justice system is ‘miscarriage proof’, however, defining such a term is complex as such a term is highly dependable upon individual perspectives and context in which it may be used. In the UK, there is limited research, which focuses on the vulnerabilities of interviewees, with most concentrating only on the witness. When it comes to interviews with suspected offenders, there is almost no research at all. This overview provides a detailed outline and contemporary developments in practice relating to interviews with vulnerable suspects and makes suggestions of areas of future research.

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