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In the Closed Room

Would you confess to a crime you did not commit?

‘In the Closed Room’ is a documentary on the vital subject of false confessions.

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Coerced Confessions and the War of the Ideologies

The rivalry between the United States and China is not just a competition for economic or military supremacy, much more importantly it is a battle over ideas. The most significant of these ideas involves the question of how society ought to be fundamentally structured and to what extent the state can constrict a citizen’s liberty. It is a contest between two diametrically opposed ways of living.

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The Problem of False and Coerced Confessions: Why Many “Open and Shut” Cases Ain’t Necessarily So

As incredible as it sounds, studies of wrongful convictions reveal that in more than 25% of the cases a false confession or other self-incriminating statement was used as evidence by the prosecution. Why would an innocent person ever confess to a heinous crime that they did not commit?  – Part 2 of a series on The Common Causes of Wrongful Convictions.

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Confessions in China

Recently, the news outlets reported that the Chinese government has revived a Mao-era practice of public confessions called “jiantao”. For purely political reasons, the Chinese government forces individuals to go on television and confess to ‘crimes’ that the State claims have undermined its authority.

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