Illinois is 1st State to Legally Ban Law Enforcement From Lying to Minors⁠

According to reports, Illinois has become the first state in the United States to ban the police from lying to minors while interrogating them.

A man named Terrill Swift, who had his conviction vacated in 2011, spoke on how the law could have saved him from serving 15 years in prison over a false confession for a crime he did not commit. Swift said, “This bill, I truly believe, could have saved my life. When it was first brought to me, it touched me in that sense that it could have saved my life. But the reality is, I can’t get what I got back. So moving forward, I want to try and help make sure that this doesn’t happen again.”

Senate Bill 2122 was signed into law by Governor J.B. Pritzker, which prohibits law enforcement from using deceptive tactics while interrogating people who are under 18. Pritzker’s office issued a statement, saying the practice was condemned “because of the risk it poses in producing false confessions.”

source: NBC Chicago

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