Dorothy Varallo-Speecken

Controversial criminal interrogation technique under fire

Dorothy Varallo-Speckeen pleaded guilty to and served time for misdemeanor battery causing bodily harm to a child she babysat, but says she felt coerced into admitting a crime she says she didn’t commit.

The Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation was followed to obtain her confession, which researchers describe as the gold standard for interrogating suspects. A majority of law enforcement officials are being trained to use it or another method based on it, but critics are now questioning the technique.

NY court: State must help sex offenders find housing once sentence complete

The state cannot leave it up to prisoners convicted of sex crimes to find suitable housing before their release or remain in custody, a New York appellate court rules. At issue are laws in states across that U.S. that leave many convicted of sex crimes locked up after their prison sentences are complete because they cannot find housing because of restrictions on where they can live upon release.