By Megan J. Davies on June 23, 2021

A gavel in a courtroom


Confessions are powerful and often critical pieces of evidence that can determine a defendant’s guilt or innocence in a court of law. However, if a confession is coerced, it can put an innocent person behind bars for years with devastating consequences for the individual as well as a loss of confidence in the criminal justice system. For every wrongfully incarcerated person there is a victim that doesn’t receive justice and a criminal who goes free.

This week, the Delaware House of Representatives brought us one step closer to joining 29 other states and the District of Columbia in recording custodial interrogations. By a unanimous vote of 41-0, House Bill 215, which would require police to record interrogations of suspects in custody, passed.

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