Illinois Looking to Address False Confessions

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A new measure to eliminate false confessions and protect young teens is underway in the Illinois statehouse.

Current law says legal assistants must be present for children under 13 in sex offense investigations or murder cases even if they are not the targets for the crime.

However, some lawmakers say 14 and 15-year-olds should receive legal protection as well.

The bill would require police to read a simplified Miranda Rights and explain to the teen that they have the right to stay silent and have legal counsel.

Sen. Christine Radogno (R-41) says the bill makes sure children will be protected and prevent false confessions.

The bill would also make sure all interrogations would be videotaped in misdemeanor and felony cases.

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