New Illinois law prohibits cops from lying during questioning of minors









This Thursday, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a package of laws to reform the justice system, which includes that during interrogations of minors, Illinois is the first state to prohibit police from using deceptive tactics or lying, SB 2122.

Young people are very vulnerable, which is why these deceptive tactics have resulted from false confessions and have resulted in wrongful convictions. These consequences alter the future lives of young people, Pritzker said.

For more than 50 years that decision by the United States Supreme Court has allowed agents to make false statements, so Pritzker announced that both the Federal Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Illinois Court of Appeals have condemned this law to the interrogations of minors.

At least 100 wrongful convictions, due to false confessions, have been declared in Illinois, of which 31 young people are under 18 years of age.

If the confession was obtained through deception, this law considers such a confession inadmissible by young people under 18.

The new law promulgates the implementation of justice practices, the formation of a new sentence work group in order to reduce the prison population in the state, and that the courts reduce sentences once the convictions have been declared.

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