Typically, a child can let you know what kind of pizza to order for dinner and what flavor of soda to go with it. But if that child is put in a cold dark room with three law enforcement officers to be questioned about a robbery or murder that they have no knowledge of, there must be an adult in the room to protect the child’s best interest before they answer questions in a way that could change their life forever.

This is why as necessary police reforms are discussed and decided, legislators must pass the Juvenile Interrogation Protection Act.

This OpEd was originally published in Maryland Matters.
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