In the case Brendan Dassey v. Michael Dittman, the Juvenile Law Center, Wicklander-Zulawski& Associates and Professor Brandon L. Garrett filed an Amici Curiae Brief in support of Appellee, filed in
December 2016. In their brief the state the following:
Reid & Associates, Inc., developer of theReid technique of interrogation and leading law enforcement training firm, also instructs law enforcement officers to:
Take special precautions when interviewing juveniles or individuals with significant mental or psychological impairments[sic] Every interrogator must exercise extreme caution and care when interviewing or interrogating a juvenile or a person who is mentally or psychologically impaired. Certainly these individuals can and do commit very serious crimes, but since many false confession cases involve juveniles and/or individuals with some significant mental or psychological disabilities, extreme care must be exercised when questioning these individuals and the investigator has to modify their approach with these individuals. Furthermore, when a juvenile or person who is mentally or psychologically impaired confesses, the investigator should exercise extreme diligence in establishing the accuracy of such a statement through subsequent corroboration. In these situations it is imperative that the interrogator does not reveal details of the crime so that they can use the disclosure of such information by the suspect as verification of the confession's authenticity.
Further on they reference Fred E. Inbau, JohnE. Reid, Joseph P. Buckley & Brian C. Jayne, CRIMINAL INTERROGATIONS AND CONFESSIONS 352 (JONES AND BARTLETT, 5THED. 2013)(hereinafter Inbau, Reid, et. al) (The use of fictitious evidence "should be avoided when interrogating a suspect with low social maturity or a diminished mental capacity" because "these suspects may not have the fortitude or the confidence to challenge such evidence . . . and may become confused as to their own possible involvement, if the police tell them evidence clearly indicates they committed the crime.")."
They also state, "Reid and Associates specifically instructs its interrogators to avoid interrogations centered on"helping" the suspect because some court have interpreted such statements as implied promises of leniency, ....... "Inbau, Reid, et. Al, supra, at 331.