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Interpreters in law enforcement contexts: Practices and experiences according to investigators

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dc.contributor.author Shaffer, S. A., & Evans, J. R.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-15T17:47:47Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-15T17:47:47Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Shaffer, S. A., & Evans, J. R. (2018). Interpreters in law enforcement contexts: Practices and experiences according to investigators. Applied Cognitive Psychology. Online ahead of print. DOI: 10.1002/acp.3388 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/acp.3388/full
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/3733
dc.description.abstract Interpreters play an important role in the criminal justice system, yet little is known about the way interpreters are used. This survey of U.S. law enforcement (N = 299) assessed practices and perceptions regarding interpreter use during interviews with nonnative English speakers. Investigators reported using colleagues more often than professional interpreters, using interpreters more often with suspects and in certain crimes (e.g., domestic violence), and that interpreters are usually at least partially informed about case facts prior to translating. Investigators responded to experimental vignettes, and results indicated they were more likely to seek and obtain interpreters when an interviewee has lived in the United States for fewer years; however, the language spoken and the interviewee's role (e.g., witness vs. suspect) did not affect decisions to request an interpreter. Several avenues for future experimental research are identified and discussed, including interpreting over the phone and interpreter susceptibility to biases. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Applied Cognitive Psychology en_US
dc.subject investigative interview en_US
dc.subject witness en_US
dc.subject suspect en_US
dc.subject interpreters en_US
dc.title Interpreters in law enforcement contexts: Practices and experiences according to investigators en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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