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An investigation into the effective and ethical interviewing of suspected sex offenders [electronic resource] / Mark Kebbell, Emily Hurren and Paul Mazerolle
Bib ID 5715236
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline
Author
Kebbell, Mark
 
Online Access
Online Versions
Description Canberra : Australian Institute of Criminology, 2006 
6 p. 
ISBN 1921185228
Series

Trends and issues in crime and criminal justice (Online) ; no. 327.

PANDORA electronic collection.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web. Address as at 21/09/2011: http://www.aic.gov.au/publications/current%20series/tandi/321-340/tandi327.aspx. 

Summary

Studies show that sexual assault is the offence least likely to be reported to police and, when reported, often does not proceed to court. Two reasons for this are victim reluctance to relive the experience in testimony and cross examination, and the difficulty of presenting a case with no witnesses to corroborate evidence. Research undertaken by the Australian Institute of Criminology has also shown how difficult it is to secure convictions in adult sexual assault cases. This paper reports on a study which investigated ways of improving the likelihood of a guilty offender confessing and is based on interviews with offenders and police. The authors suggest that the credibility of the evidence and the manner in which it is presented to the suspect can affect the likelihood of securing a confession. Although the numbers in the study are relatively small, they are indicative of practical measures that have the potential to improve the efficacy of the criminal justice system for victims of sexual assault.

Notes

Title from title screen (viewed on Sept. 21, 2011)

"November 2006".

Includes bibliographical references (p. 6)

Text.

Also available in print.

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Subjects Sex offenders.  |  Sex crimes -- Investigation.  |  Self-incrimination.  |  Prisoners  |  Sex offences  |  Police interrogation  |  Statistics
Other authors/contributors Hurren, Emily  |  Mazerolle, Paul  |  Australian Institute of Criminology
Terms of Use Australian Institute of Criminology 2006. 

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