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Leading expert explains why you would falsely confess to a crime you did not commit

Would you confess to a crime you did not commit?

Many people would respond instantaneously with a firm, “No.” But they do and often, says Saul Kassin, one of the country’s leading experts on false confessions.

“Your belief that you would never confess to a crime you didn’t commit is your frame of reference for evaluating others. And it’s a fair frame of reference. We do it all the time,” Kassin said in an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt.

Kassin, a professor of psychology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, has been researching false confessions for over 30 years. He says false confessions can happen to anybody, not just certain types of people.

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