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Problems with the Comprehension of <i>Miranda</i> Rights Among Vulnerable Suspects

Lawrence S. Wrightsman and Mary L. Pitman

in The Miranda Ruling

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199730902
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199776986 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730902.003.005

Series: American Psychology-Law Society Series

 						Problems with the Comprehension of Miranda Rights Among Vulnerable Suspects

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This chapter reviews recent research on the comprehension of the Miranda rights by members of several vulnerable groups. For example, the warnings often exceed the reading level of the typical adolescent suspect. For non-English-speaking persons, the translation to their language may be difficult. For deaf suspect, American Sign Language lacks several relevant terms. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that there is no regulation of the specific warning, so that some jurisdictions have verbose, complicated warnings with complex sentences and word length of 400 or more words.

Keywords: comprehensibility of Miranda warnings; deaf suspects; juvenile defendants; Limited English proficiency (LEP); mentally ill; psychological coercion; versions of Miranda warnings; vulnerable suspects

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Subjects: Criminal and Forensic Psychology

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