Marianne Mason publishes new book on police interrogation

Associate Professor Marianne Mason (James Madison University, Virginia) has published Police Interrogation, Language, and the Law. Mason was a visiting ACLS scholar, and her time spent at The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University helped her complete the research project and this book.

This title is part of Cambridge University Press’s Flip it Open program and is available online for free via open access.

About the book
Recent calls for justice reform have put a spotlight on how the police enforce the law in the United States. How a person’s constitutional rights may be legally thwarted during police interrogation, however, has not been part of any meaningful discussion on police reform. This novel book examines the intersections of the law and policing discourse through the detailed analysis of a large corpus of United States federal court rulings, starting with Miranda v. Arizona (1966). It covers a wide range of topics, including the history of police interrogation in the United States, the role of federal law in handicapping a person’s ability to invoke their right to counsel, and the invocation game of police interrogation that may lead a variety of suspects to change their discursive preferences. It highlights the need for American police interrogation reform, exploring the paths taken by other jurisdictions outside of the United States.

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