Learn About Conducting Cognitive Interviews

As an alternative to interrogation and standard interviewing techniques, Steve Kleinman, a career military intelligence officer, makes a case for cognitive interviewing in the webinar “BJA Upholding the Rule of Law Webinar: Cognitive Interviewing.” According to Kleinman, cognitive interviewing avoids leading questions, enhances recollection, and helps interviewees to provide more detail, which improves interview integrity. Kleinman outlines the steps for conducting a cognitive interview.

This webinar was presented as part of the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Upholding the Rule of Law and Preventing Wrongful Convictions (URLPWC) Program, and it was hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice (Quattrone Center). The Quattrone Center, which was awarded funding under the URLPWC Program to provide training and technical assistance, focuses on conviction integrity and review units (CIUs or Units) and “seeks to improve collaboration between CIUs and wrongful conviction entities; develop best practices, guidelines, and policies for existing or newly created Units; and provide wider reaching trainings and information to the field.”

View the webinar to learn more about cognitive interviewing.