False confessions played a role in about one-quarter of all wrongful convictions overturned through DNA testing, according to a paper by the Innocence Project. Yet current Connecticut law allows police to lie to children during interrogations to extract confessions that may be false. CERL Advisory Council member Mark Fallon is working with the Innocence Project to rethink what is legal in interrogations. According to Fallon,
There’s just an incredible amount of bad information that we get from coercion and bad interviewing tactics.
Mark Fallon spent over three decades as a national security professional, principally as a special agent with NCIS. He has conducted interrogations in the United States and internationally and chaired the three-agency Research Committee of the High Value Detainee Interrogation Group. Fallon was a member of the 15-person international steering committee of experts overseeing the development of the Méndez Principles on Effective Interviewing for Investigations and Information Gathering. He is also the director of ClubFed, LLC. Read his bio here.