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An Overview of Investigative Interviewing [electronic resource]

What is the right way to interrogate victims, witnesses, and suspects? And, of equal instructive value, what is the wrong way? This program investigates both, as trained British actors apply the principles of cognitive interviewing, conversation management, and nonverbal communication in a series of unscripted Q-and-A sessions related to a purse-snatching. Segments dramatizing the incident from the victim's and witness's points of view are also included. In addition, film clips of a totally separate mugging are included-ideal for use as a witness/interrogator practice exercise.
2006; 1998

Interviewing Victims and Witnesses [electronic resource]

This program offers extended interviews selected from those featured in An Overview of Investigative Interviewing, providing viewers with a more detailed look at how cognitive interviewing, conversation management, and nonverbal communication are applied to interrogating victims and witnesses in the U.K. The victim interview is presented as a well-conducted interview, while the witness interview is designed to demonstrate flaws in technique.
2006; 1998

Interviewing Suspects [electronic resource]

This program provides extended interviews selected from those featured in An Overview of Investigative Interviewing, offering viewers a more detailed look at the processes involved in interrogating suspects. The first interview is considered to be well conducted, employing the techniques of cognitive interviewing, conversation management, and nonverbal communication, while the second interview contains errors in judgment. A careful analysis of each model helps students to assimilate these British methodologies for use in a real-world context.
2006; 1998

Rape [electronic resource]: Act of Hate

FBI statistics show that a woman is raped every seven minutes in the United States. These are reported rapes; probably ten times as many rapes go unreported. Hosted by actress Veronica Hamel, this program seeks to determine why people rape and to help people protect themselves against this crime. It examines the history and mythology of rape, and explains who are its most likely victims. The program contains interviews with experts in the fields of media, law enforcement, and sociology.
2006; 1986

Recovery From Sexual Abuse [electronic resource]

This drama is about five teenagers who are working to recover from the effects of sexual abuse in the context of a teen group. The program is designed to acknowledge and validate the feelings and experiences of teens and adults who have been sexually abused, and to encourage recovery within a context of healing and hope. Each of the teens talks about his or her feelings of fear, sadness, anger, depression, guilt, and confusion and the ways in which they have coped with these feelings. The six segments of the program show us six "movements" in the process of healing, as the teens give each other support over a period of six months. At the last meeting, the program observes that each teen is beginning to move towards a safe and healthy life.
2006; 1995

Date Violence [electronic resource]: Young Woman's Guide

The need to have someone special in your life is particularly pressing in adolescence. But what happens when that relationship turns violent? Using dramatizations, this program offers information to teens on how to recognize an abusive relationship, and what to do about it. Media glorification of sex and violence, dysfunctional male role models, and thirst for control are examined as the roots of male violence toward women. Forms of abuse range from criticism, insults, humiliation, withholding affection, control over decision-making, and name-calling, to hitting, biting, and forced sex. A discussion on the importance of self-esteem, and how to rebuild it after leaving an abusive relationship, concludes the program on a hopeful note.
2007; 1997

Eyewitness [electronic resource]: What Actually Happened?

Ten people are asked to re-create, from memory, an abstract painting they viewed two months earlier. A fascinating psychological exercise, to be sure-but the experiment will soon become much more than a session with paints and brushes. This program documents the volunteers' unwitting immersion in a staged crime, which they witness during a "break" in what they think is the real test. When a lunch-time pub patron is apparently murdered and the Greater Manchester police department invades the premises, each test subject must summon his or her recollections of the ordeal. Viewers discover how and why these memories prove disturbingly unreliable.
2010; 2009

Eyewitness [electronic resource]: Who Did It?

Relieved that a recent stabbing was, in fact, an event staged to test their memories, ten volunteers agree to undergo a second nightmare-an armed robbery during which one of them is abducted. This program records the assault and its scientific ramifications. Thanks to tiny eye-tracking cameras, experts can determine exactly what each test subject focused on when confronted by the shockingly convincing assailants. Even so, a subsequent police lineup and experiments with facial-recognition technology can't prevent two innocent men from being wrongly identified. Detectives must complete elaborate cross-referencing procedures to compensate for faulty witness memories.
2010; 2009

Eyewitness [electronic resource]: When the Only Witness Is Also the Victim

On January 22, 1992, a real estate agent named Stephanie Slater was subdued, gagged at knifepoint, and held captive for eight days. This program explores her ordeal as a case study in memory-aided investigation; it also juxtaposes Slater's case with an extended psychology experiment in which ten volunteers have taken part to assess the value of eyewitness testimony. Illustrating the phenomenon known as contextual reinstatement and its central role in cognitive interviewing, the film highlights recently developed technologies that might help improve the memories of the test participants. A cognition-related encephalitis case study is also included.
2010; 2009

Death Row Kids [electronic resource]

They think we're beasts. So says a condemned murderer, succinctly expressing the view of many Americans. But this killer committed his crime when he was 17, and asks for compassion on those grounds. Filmed prior to the March 1, 2005, U.S. Supreme Court ruling barring execution for underage offenses, Death Row Kids tells the stories of confused and frightened young people awaiting the ultimate penalty. The program also alludes to medical findings that a 17-year-old's brain lacks fully developed decision-making capabilities. The result is a provocative inquiry into complex issues of personal responsibility and the likelihood of criminal rehabilitation.

Manhood and Violence [electronic resource]: Fatal Peril

The Resolve to Stop the Violence Program places male convicts in highly structured encounter groups, helping them recognize the warped concepts of masculinity behind their violent behavior. This documentary follows nine inmates through the rigorous self-discovery process, recording their growing sense of accountability and willingness to change. With commentary from law enforcement officers, violence-prevention experts, victims' relatives, and the inmates themselves, the video also follows up on RSVP participants after their release, highlighting the ultimate benefit of the program-a dramatic reduction in recidivism among its graduates.
2005; 2003

The Poet and the Con [electronic resource]

In this riveting and painfully honest documentary, poet and performance artist Eric Trules explores his multifaceted relationship with his uncle Harvey, an alcoholic mobster and confessed murderer. The program examines surprising parallels between the two men, revealing how artist and outlaw share a deep-rooted resistance to social and moral conventions-a notion of particular relevance when Trules is arrested for a felony himself. Featuring poignant scenes in which Eric and Harvey share their regrets, fears, and affection for each other, this is a provocative study of the criminal mind, family ties, and the psychology of personal recovery and redemption.
2005; 1998

Portrait of a Killer [electronic resource]: The Tortured Truth

This program illustrates how dedicated detectives and advanced forensic tests are marking Case Closed on crimes formerly believed to be unsolvable. Segment one documents the disappearance of freelance photographer Michele Wallace from Gunnison, Colorado, in 1974 and how, 18 years later, her murderer Roy Melanson was finally brought to justice. In segment two, a case of torture involving a troubled youth named Joe Clark and his 13-year-old victim Thad Philips enables investigators to connect Clark to a murder committed a year earlier. Gritty crime scene photography and interviews with the officers involved are included throughout.
2011; 2001

Sectioned [electronic resource]: Inside Institutional Mental Health Care

Following three British men through the ordeal of being "sectioned," or involuntarily committed to a mental health facility, this program depicts their individual experiences and challenges as well as the work of the acute mental health care professionals treating them. Richard, diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia at age 19 and now in his thirties, has been detained after threatening a neighbor with a knife. Andrew's bipolar disorder emerged two decades ago and he has been hospitalized several times over the years. In contrast to Richard and Andrew, 54-year-old Anthony feels he doesn't belong in the mental health system and, despite having abnormal or psychotic thoughts, insists he shouldn't be medicated. A much-needed inside look at institutional mental health care and the frontli [...]
2011; 2010

Unprecedented Access Inside an Interrogation Room [electronic resource]

The room is small, soundproofed, stripped of all decoration. Two chairs face each other in silent enmity. They are the only equipment needed for the game about to unfold-a high-stakes mental interplay between suspect and interrogator. With unprecedented access to the inner workings of the Houston Police Department's homicide division, this ABC News program offers a rare glimpse into the tactics investigators use to get people to talk. Chris Cuomo reports on murder investigations in which Sgt. Brian Harris, one of the department's most respected interrogators, is able to extract confessions from resistant suspects. In discussing the effectiveness of coercive interview techniques, Sgt. Harris readily disavows them, saying he prefers to establish trust and an atmosphere of human dignity [...]

Aryan Terror [electronic resource]

The series Gangland examines some of America's most notorious street gangs. Employing interviews and rare footage, this documentary is a raw look inside gangs and the agencies that are working against them. This episode looks at the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, the largest prison gang within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Known as the ABT, they believe in white supremacy. Gang members now live within the Dallas suburbs where they deal drugs and run guns. Although the FBI has cracked down on this violent gang, the ABT is struggling to regroup.

Street Law [electronic resource]

The series Gangland examines some of America's most notorious street gangs. Employing interviews and rare footage, this documentary is a raw look inside gangs and the agencies that are working against them. Atlanta, Georgia is home to the large and violent SUR-13, which originated in Los Angeles. This episode looks into this Hispanic gang whose crimes include narcotics dealing to murder.

Sleepwalking (Parasomnia) [electronic resource]

Some people wander, get dressed, even eat in their sleep. Others lash out in violent ways. Is it possible that people can commit complex crimes-even murder-while walking in their sleep? With only a dead victim and a seemingly disoriented suspect at the scene of the crime, it's hard to know for sure. This program explores the question, following extensive sleep tests performed on accused murderers in a quest for truth and scientific clarity. But even if science bolsters the sleepwalking defense, could it actually work in a courtroom? More frighteningly, could sleepwalking become a legitimized pretense for murder?
2010; 2006

Survival of the Meanest [electronic resource]

There are two sets of rules at Folsom Maximum Security Prison: the "guard rules" and the "yard rules." For an incoming inmate, negotiating the brutal yet invisible prison culture can be deadly. This program takes viewers inside Folsom to learn how the system works. From the severely regimented rules enforced by prison authorities to the unwritten codes that any inmate who wants to survive must obey, there has never been an escape. It is a confusing and dangerous maze in which new fish, for their own safety, must align themselves with gangs and avoid more powerful predators. And yet, as one inmate puts it, "There are no fish in prison-only sharks.
2010; 2006

Science of Evil [electronic resource]

We know evil when we see it-or do we? This program follows three people who confront a particular version of evil every day. Viewers meet Roy Ratcliff, the minister who baptized serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer behind bars and continues the practice with other hardened criminals; Aya Schneerson, a UN aid worker who administers food and medical help in the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo; and a group of neuroscientists who examine conscience and morality via cutting-edge fMRI imaging techniques. Philip Zimbardo, whose 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment probed abusive aspects of the human mind, shares his library of images from the study.
2010; 2007