The Administrative Judicial Institute is proud to sponsor: “Why Innocent People Confess – and Why Confessions Trump Innocence”

CLE Credits: 2.0 Areas of Professional Practice (transitional and non-transitional)

All attendees regardless of location should register for this program by going to the Upcoming Programs link on the Institute website:

Date: February 12, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Two Locations:

100 Church Street, 12th Floor
New York, New York 10007

Video Simulcast:  SUNY Albany Downtown Campus
Rudolph Room (Husted 110)
135 Western Avenue
Albany, New York
Contact person: Hon. James McClymonds


SAUL KASSIN is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Massachusetts Professor of Psychology and Williams College. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut after which he was awarded postdoctoral research fellowships at the University of Kansas, the Federal Judicial Center, and Stanford University. Interested in wrongful convictions, and starting in the 1980’s, Kassin pioneered the scientific study of police interrogations, false confessions, and the consequences of confession evidence on police investigations and in court. Kassin is former president of the American Psychology-Law Society and the recipient of numerous awards. His work is cited all over the world—including by the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Supreme Court of Canada—and is currently funded by the National Science Foundation. He has appeared as an analyst on ABC, CNN, NBC, and CBS for several high profile cases, and in Ken Burns’ 2012 film, The Central Park Five.

Course Description:

  • Why innocent people are targeted for suspicion
  • How they are induced to confess through the process of interrogation
  • Why false confessions ultimately trump innocence
  • How to combat the biasing effects of confessions in crime labs and in the courts
  • What reforms are needed to prevent false confession-based wrongful convictions