2007-01 Supports the Use of Videotaping in All Criminal Interrogations and Questioning Regardless of the Nature of the Offense Being Investigated

The National Convocation of Jail and Prison Ministry supports the use of videography during questioning of suspects and persons of interest in all criminal proceedings or investigative procedures. The Convocation believes that the interests of all parties are best supported and respected with the use of modern technology such as unedited videotaping to provide the most accurate analysis of the interrogation process.

Such technology is used most frequently in civil cases and has led to the reduction of costly and time consuming court proceedings. The Convocation believes that the use of this technology in criminal investigative procedures will insure the rights of all parties and could well lead to a more expeditious handling of preliminary investigative analysis. The process could greatly reduce the danger of the rights of suspects and persons of interest being violated and affirm their rights to fair and impartial proceedings as guaranteed by state and federal law.

The Convocation is aware that several sovereign states have adopted this procedure in criminal proceedings and believes that such videotaping should be enacted into law in all states of the union.

Members of the National Convocation of Jail and Prison Ministry are urged to contact their local, state and federal legislators to urge the implementation of this process and its enactment into law.