Academic journal article Washington International Law Journal

Introduction of Videotaping of Interrogations and the Lessons of the Imaichi Case: A Case of Conventional Criminal Justice Policy-Making in Japan

Academic journal article Washington International Law Journal

Introduction of Videotaping of Interrogations and the Lessons of the Imaichi Case: A Case of Conventional Criminal Justice Policy-Making in Japan

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Abstract: Malcolm M. Feeley examined cases of criminal justice reform in the United States, where reforms can be conceived and initiated in a very open structure, but implementation of the introduced reforms can be handed over to highly fragmented implementers. The story of mandatory videotaping of interrogations and accompanying changes in Japan demonstrates the reform process at the other end of the scale, where the members of the criminal justice establishment can exert a strong influence even at the conception and initiation stages, and have even stronger control at the implementation and routinization stages. We believe that Feeley's theoretical framework can be expanded to be more generally applicable to court reforms outside the United States. This could be achieved by introducing the degree of openness of the policy-making process at the conceptualization and initiation stages, and by introducing a degree of fragmentation of the policy-making process at the implementation and routinization stages as central independent variables which determine the course of the reform.

Cite as: Setsuo Miyazawa and Mari Hirayama, Introduction of Videotaping of Interrogations and the Lessons of the Imaichi Case: A Case of Conventional Criminal Justice Policy-Making in Japan, 27 Wash. Int'l L.J. 149 (2017).

INTRODUCCIÓN DE LA VIDEOGRABACIÓN DE INTERROGACIONES Y LAS LECCIONES DEL CASO IMAICHI: UN CASO DE POLÍTICA DE JUSTICIA PENAL CONVENCIONAL EN JAPÓN

Setsuo Miyazawa and Mari Hirayama

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