Detecting Deception in Criminal Investigations Term Paper by Nicky

A brief look at the detection of deception in criminal investigations, interrogation and testimony.
# 145850 | 751 words | 6 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 30, 2010 in Criminology (Criminal Justice and Corrections)

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The paper discusses the need for the detection of deception during the investigative, interrogation and testimonial phases iof the criminal process. The paper demonstrates how individuals seeking to conceal the truth employ common tactics in word usage, sentence structure, and specific content of their statements to investigative authorities. The paper therefore shows how investigators can distinguish truthful statements from deceptive ones with considerable reliability.

Deception Detection in Criminal Investigation
Deception During the Investigative Phase
Deception During the Interrogation and Testimonial Phases

From the Paper:

"Criminal investigation includes the evaluation of statements for truthfulness or deception at every stage of investigation and interrogation, as well as during sworn testimony. In that regard, trained criminal investigators must be aware of numerous cues available in the content of conversations, the context of word choice, omissions intended to conceal information of guilt of complicity, and nonverbal cues in posture, eye contact, and unconscious physical gestures intended to mislead investigators or conceal the truth (Sandoval, 2008)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Adams, S. and Harpster, T. (2008). "Homicide Calls and Statement Analysis" FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin; Vol. 77 No. 6, (pp. 22-31).
  • Conlon, E. (2004). Blue Blood. New York: Riverhead.
  • Sandoval, V. (2008). "Interview Clues: Words That Leave an Investigative Trail" FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin; Vol. 77 No. 1, (pp. 1-9).
  • Schafer, J. (2008). "Text Bridges and the Micro-Action Interview" FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin; Vol. 77 No. 1, (pp. 20-24).
  • Schmalleger, F. (2008). Criminal Justice Today: An Introductory Text for the 21st Century. New Jersey: Prentice Hall

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