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The Logic of Seemingly Irrational Action
Although a vital part of the criminal-justice system, interrogation procedures
employed by police seeking to extract confessions from suspects have been
abused. The case of Tom Sawyer is presented to illustrate how police can
manipulate certain vulnerable suspects into confessing to and even believing
they have committed crimes of which they have no memory and which evidence
proves they could not have committed. These unethically manipulative
interrogation procedures can be conceptualized as a form of thought reform.
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