Books: "True Stories of False Confessions"

In True Stories of False Confessions, editors Rob Warden and Steven Drizin present articles about some of the key accounts of false confessions in the U.S. justice system written by more than forty authors, including Alex Kotlowitz and John Grisham. The cases are grouped into categories such as brainwashing, inference, fabrication, and mental fragility. This refutes the perception that false confessions represent individual tragedies rather than a systemic flaw in the justice system. The editors make recommendations for policy changes that would reduce false confessions.

(R. Warren & S. Drizin, editors, “True Stories of False Confessions,” Northwestern University Press, 2009). See Books and Innocence.