Saul Kassin False confessions

The Vera Institute of Justice’s Neil A. Weiner Research Speaker Series featured Saul Kassin, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Professor Kassin’s research focuses on the remarkable phenomenon of false confessions in criminal investigations—which are far more common than one might expect. In this podcast, Professor Kassin discusses the etiology, characteristics, and consequences of innocent people accepting responsibility for criminal acts they did not commit.


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People in Jail and Prison in Spring 2021

Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) researchers collected data on the number of people in local jails and state and federal prisons throughout 2020 and into spring 2021. Vera researchers estimated the incarcerated population using a sample of approximately 1,600 jail jurisdictions, 50 states, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the U.S. Marshals Service (U ...

  • Jacob Kang-Brown, Chase Montagnet, Jasmine Heiss
June 07, 2021