Mandating videotaping of interrogations
But a year after Kelly pledged the department would begin videotaping interrogations from start to finish in murder and sex crimes, two-thirds of detective squads in the city had not yet begun recording interrogations of any kind.
According to the police department's former chief spokesman, John J.
Second, it is necessary because research indicates that false confessions are quite common; nationwide, 28% of the DNA exonerations involved a false confession or admission, and in New York State, 44 percent of recent DNA exonerations involved a false confession or a false admission.
Mc Carthy, as of October 2013, only 28 detective squads of the more than 76 across Manhattan had an interview room set up with recording equipment.
Recording of interrogations is effective, necessary, and fiscally responsible - it can save millions the state currently pays out in civil lawsuits.
And, just last year, Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his annual State of the State address, called on Albany lawmakers to pass legislation to videotape interrogations in an effort to prevent wrongful convictions and strengthen the criminal justice system.
Most importantly, those on the front lines - the police - recognize the significant value in recording interrogations.