Why Would a Kid Falsely Confess to a Crime? | Joshua Tepfer | TEDxGrinnellCollege
Professor Joshua Tepfer brings us into the mind s and motivations of the surprising number of youths that falsely confess to serious crimes.
Joshua Tepfer is an assistant clinical professor at Northwestern University School of Law and co-director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth (CWCY) – the first project focused on the particular vulnerability of young people to wrongful conviction. As an appellate and post-conviction attorney, Josh has represented scores of adults and juveniles convicted of serious felony offenses, and he has helped secure the release of roughly a dozen innocent men or boys wrongfully convicted of murders. A recognized expert in the area of police interrogations and false confessions, Josh regularly writes expert briefs amicus curiae in jurisdictions all over the country, publishes articles, and appears in national media outlets discussing these and other criminal justice issues. In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court cited a brief written by the CWCY and co-written by Josh in its majority opinion. He is the father of three wonderful and creative children.
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