Detective erroneously associates sleep deprivation with the Reid Technique

Written By: Reid
May 19, 2016
In Crafton v. District of Columbia, et. al., Defendants (September 2015) reference is made by the interrogating detective that when questioning the suspect, Kim Crafton, he connected a “lengthy, grueling 17-hour videotaped interrogation…during which he used flawed techniques of interrogation, including sleep deprivation, that he had been taught by the Metropolitan Police Department, known as Reid training.” We certainly want to set the record straight that under no circumstances or at anytime in any of our training programs or publications or books have we ever advocated sleep deprivation as an interrogation technique. Furthermore, we point out in our book that if the subject remains adamant in their denials after a 3 to 4 hour period the investigator should re-evaluate the situation - he may be dealing with an innocent suspect. We teach that an excessively long interrogation can be a significant factor in false confession cases.
It is interesting to note that in this same case the detective acknowledged developing alibi information in this case that established the innocence of the suspect, Kim Crafton, that he did not disclose to the suspect’s attorney.
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