Engineering comprehensible youth interrogation rights

Eastwood, Joseph and Snook, Brent and Luther, Kirk and Freedman, Stuart (2016) Engineering comprehensible youth interrogation rights. New Criminal Law Review: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal, 19 (1). pp. 42-62. ISSN 1933-4192

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Although youth in many Western countries have been afforded enhanced legal protections when facing police interrogations, the effectiveness of these protections may be limited by youth’s inability to comprehend them. The ability to increase the comprehension of Canadian interrogation rights among youth through the simplification of waiver forms was assessed. High school students (N = 367) in grades 9, 10, and 11 were presented with one of three waiver forms that varied in level of complexity. Comprehension of the information in the forms was assessed using free recall and multiple-choice questions. Results showed that comprehension levels increased as waiver form complexity decreased and comprehension levels increased as the age of the youth increased. The implications of these findings for the development of comprehensible youth interrogation rights are discussed.

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New Criminal Law Review: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal
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Published as Engineering Comprehensible Youth Interrogation Rights Joseph Eastwood, Brent Snook, Kirk Luther, Stuart Freedman New Criminal Law Review: In International and Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 19 No. 1, Winter 2016; (pp. 42-62) DOI: 10.1525/nclr.2016.19.1.42. © 2016 by the Regents of the University of California. Copying and permissions notice: Authorization to copy this content beyond fair use (as specified in Sections 107 and 108 of the U. S. Copyright Law) for internal or personal use, or the internal or personal use of specific clients, is granted by the Regents of the University of California for libraries and other users, provided that they are registered with and pay the specified fee via Rightslink® or directly with the Copyright Clearance Center.
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