SB22-023 (Gonzales/Bacon & Gonzales- Gutierrez) Deceptive Tactics in Juvenile Interrogations

Originally Posted: February 4, 2022
Last Updated: March 20, 2022

Summary

This bill prohibits a law enforcement official, or other facilitator of a juvenile custodial interrogation, from using deceptive tactics in obtaining a statement from a juvenile. It requires that all law enforcement officials record juvenile custodial interrogations. 

Position

The Children’s Campaign supports this bill. Currently, law enforcement officers are allowed to lie to juveniles during an interrogation to get them to confess to crimes. Falsely telling a juvenile suspect that physical evidence or eyewitnesses establish their guilt is likely to produce a confession, even if the juvenile is innocent. Youth are uniquely vulnerable to these coercive techniques. Thirty-eight percent of youth who were exonerated after being convicted of crimes gave false confessions.  

Current Status

The bill passed out of the House Judiciary Committee and now heads to the House Appropriations Committee.

Previous Statuses


February 21, 2022

The bill passed the Senate on a vote of 18-16.

February 4, 2022

The bill was introduced and assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where it is scheduled to be heard on  Feb. 10 at 1:30 p.m.