False Confessions

Would you confess to a crime you did not commit? Confession may be good for the soul as well as the justice system, but when law enforcement coercion is involved, what happens to the truth?

False Confessions

Would you confess to a crime you did not commit? Probably not. Yet perhaps you would.
During the process of police interrogation in the U.S., it is common to use special techniques to coerce the suspect to confess to a crime. Within closed rooms, a trained interrogator can get almost anybody to confess, regardless of whether or not the suspect is guilty.

This profound injustice has inspired defense lawyer Jane Fisher-Byrialsen to raise awareness of the manipulative and coercive interrogation techniques that are employed. Through four specific cases of false confessions we look at the psychological aspect of why people end up confessing to crimes they have not committed and what consequences it entails – for them, for their families and for society. As Jane works on her false confession cases she fights to convince the authorities that there is urgent need for reform within the U.S. legal system. She knows that she is up against powerful forces – but Jane is not the kind of person who lets injustice prevail.

Director: Katrine Philp
Producer: Katrine Sahlstrøm
Executive Producers: Katrine Philp, Katrine Sahlstrøm (Good Company Pictures)
Executive Producer: Reinhardt Beetz (Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduction)


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