1. Tough Interrogation Tactics Can Lead To False Confessions
Interrogations are obviously an important part of the justice system but sometimes law officials employ unfair tactics to elicit a confession — which can cause an innocent person to confess to a crime they didn’t commit just so the interrogation will end.
2. Polygraph Tests Can Be Used As Evidence, Even Though There’s No Proof Of Their Accuracy
Polygraph enthusiasts claim they are 90% effective in determining if a person is lying or telling the truth. But the National Research Council reported in 2003 that there’s no scientific evidence to support the test’s accuracy, and yet 19 states allow for the results of the tests to be used as evidence in a court of law.
3. Nonviolent Criminals Are Housed With Violent Ones
In July of 2012, 60% of America’s prison population consisted of nonviolent offenders. Some argue that in order to make room for violent criminals, we need to soften the punishments we’re giving out to convicts who didn’t inflict any harm. But since that’s unlikely to happen, it seems unnecessary and unsafe to lump the nonviolent criminals and the dangerous ones together.
4. Bribes Are Everywhere
That’s right — they’re not just in politics!