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A new state law requires police agencies to video and audio record statements of those arrested for major crimes, although many of them already do.

The new “custodial interrogation” law, which takes effect Thursday, will improve the quality and efficiency of justice in Michigan, say attorneys from both prosecution and defense side. Some say the law should go even further by including all arrests and heightening the penalty for those who fail to adhere to the new rule.

“It’s critical we have transparency in the system,” said Valerie Newman, committee co-chairwoman of the State Bar’s Custodial Interrogation Task Force, which pushed for the law.

Source: Jameson Cook for The Oakland Press

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