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Why do people confess to crimes they didn't commit?

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Submitted : 2018-06-14 07:36:12    Popularity:     

Tags: confess  people  commit  crimes  

It happens loads that people who are completely innocent and basically saints-on-Earth confess to crimes they did not commit. Why so?

Answers:

They were coerced. Or they care about the person that that actually committed the crime.

They actually did studies on this.
when questioned repeatedly, agian, and again, and again. When the interviewers make assumptions and paint a scene that you where in (or they thought you where in) eventually you begin to beleive it yourself.

You can google it and probaby find the studies.

If I remember correctly, they also did it on simpler things, like which soda they had to drink and what they ate and stuff

Mental illness. Protecting someone else.
If someone innocent is accused and all signs point to them being guilty, or in the least they cannot prove their innocence and it looks like they're going down for it anyway, then they might plead guilty just to get a reduced sentence.

Depends on the circumstances.

There are times the police will grill a person to the point where they're under extreme duress. The person will say anything at that point to end the interrogation.

There are also times that the police will build a case against a person on shaky ground. To get a conviction, they might offer the person a plea bargain to admit to the crime. The innocent suspect might accept the plea bargain to get a reduced sentence when the alternative is a death penalty or more severe consequence.

Finally, a person may be covering for someone else. If you know your friend has 2 strikes and will go to prison for life, you might admit to the crime to keep them out of a longer sentence.

I don't know that it happens "loads" - I've only ever seen it on TV dramas. But there, you see it sometimes with parents protecting their kids, (who really did the crime) say, or covering for someone else they care about. That makes sense, I suppose, but again - haven't known anyone in real life who has done that.

Often in interrogation the person is deprived of sleep and even of water and relentlessly questioned until they break. They confess because they have mental illness. Maybe because they’ve been forced to do it. Maybe the feel they’ll get off easier if they plead guilty (usually the case) to something they’re certain they’re being convicted of anyway. They want attention.

Perhaps it’s misplaced empathy in wanting

Closure for the victims, yet by confessing

The true

guilty person goes free, and the confessor

I believe would have to prove their guilt

And evidences would have to be in line

With confessions, worse still would be raising

False hopes in the victims?

Very best wishes

Mars

Source:) Random guess based on the little l

know about laws.

Because they either care for the criminal, want the interrogation to end, or sometimes their sentence is worse if they confess.

Either intensive interrogation or a mental issue.

Sometimes for attention, because they have nothing else in their lives often because they have mental health problems).

Sometimes to cover for other people they care about.

Sometimes because they're at the end of their tether, and they know they'll get somewhere to live and be fed if they're in prison.



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