Mental Retardation, Competency to Waive Miranda Rights, and False Confessions

Part of the Perspectives in Law & Psychology book series (PILP, volume 20)


Persons with mental retardation are encountering the criminal justice system in increasing numbers. Persons with mental retardation who become suspects in criminal cases must deal with issues of competence to waive their right to remain silent upon police questioning, as well as the admissibility of any confession that is made as a result of that questioning. Unfortunately, we have begun to learn that confessions are frequently entered by persons with mental retardation in police interrogations without full understanding of their rights (Atchison & Keyes, 1996). In addition, because of the particular characteristics of those with mental retardation, statements that they may make must also be evaluated closely for reliability, even if their admissibility satisfies legal standards.


Mental Retardation Criminal Justice Criminal Justice System Adaptive Skill Legal Counsel 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologySinclair CollegeDaytonUSA
  2. 2.Richard W. Riley College of EducationWinthrop UniversityRock HillUSA

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