Bloomberg Law
July 15, 2021, 9:00 AM

Police Can’t Lie to Juveniles in Questioning Under Illinois Law

Stephen Joyce
Stephen Joyce
Staff Correspondent

While police officers can lie to suspects of crimes and get away with it in every state, that’s no longer the case in Illinois—at least when it comes to juveniles.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) is scheduled to sign pioneering legislation (S.B. 2122) today that makes Illinois the first state to prohibit any oral, written, or sign-language statement made by someone 17 years old or younger to be admissible as evidence in criminal or juvenile legal proceedings if law enforcement officials intentionally deceived the suspect to get the statement.

Police use the tactic because it works, compelling people ...

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