Stop interrogating juniors like adults in California!

Stop interrogating juniors like adults in California!

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Georgina Farlow started this petition to California Governor

In California, it is legal to interrogate a minor (anybody below 18) as if they were an adult, with no sympathetic adult in the room with them.

This means that the police can lie to them, and use a range of other techniques, from bullying to false promises. False promises, such as if they confess, everything will be better for them, when in reality, they’ll just be dumped into a prison cell.

This was true in the case of Brendan Daniels. He falsely confessed after 4 hours of interrogation tactics designed for adults. His IQ is 70, making him almost mentally disabled. There was no parent or adult that was on his side in the room with him. He spent a time in prison, until new, solid evidence came out that cleared his name. After he came out of the interrogation room, he told his mother that he confessed because ‘they got into my head’.

These interrogation tactics are supposed to do that, but are made to use on adults, not minors, and certainly not mentally disadvantaged minors.

There are many other examples of teens falsely confessing, and being sent to jail for long periods of time until evidence, often DNA comes out and clears their name.

This is so unfair, as teenagers think so differently to adults, as their minds are still developing.

Many countries and states have laws preventing this happening. In the UK, a minor cannot be interrogated without a parent or guardian in the room.

However, this is not the case in California. So every day, teens are being subjected to harsh interrogations, often ending in false confessions.

Please sign to help stop this, and to prevent more cases like Brendan Daniels’.

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