21 Carrot & Stick – False Confession

In animated conversation with New York State exonerees, Jeffrey Deskovic and David McCallum, who were both charged with murder at age 16, and spent 16 and 29 years in prison, respectively: They talk in depth about the nature of teenage false confession, describing their own experiences, expounding on the red flags that indicate a confession may not be genuine, and outlining laws and procedures that would make false confession by juveniles less likely. Zoe reflects on developmental context.

If you ever thought that no-one would confess to a murder they didn’t commit, this episode will provide you with detailed insight into why they do, and often, and why teenagers are particularly vulnerable to making false confessions.

See Episode 21 under the PHOTOS tab for pictures of Jeffrey and David as teenagers.

Intro / Outro: Jeffrey Deskovic

Music: Chameleon Catholics – Where’s Cush?; It’s Like Trying to Speak Swahili with Gandhi


2 thoughts on “21 Carrot & Stick – False Confession

  1. Very Powerful. I was forced to a guilty plea on a first time offence at the age of 14. It changed my life for the better but that was only because I was able to make lemonade out of lemons. Today I am an advocate for reform.

    Great work.

    • Thanks, Kevin.
      You sound like you have an interesting story, with a less depressing outcome. If you ever want to tell it on the show, we would love to hear it! (We also respect anonymity, if need be.)

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