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For an overview, see the pages on Miranda in the U.S. Courts' materials for schools.
Here are some of our recent books on confessions:
- Richard Rogers & Eric York Drogin, Mirandized Statements: Successfully Navigating the Legal and Psychological Issues (2014) (ABA)
- Barry C. Feld, Kids, Cops, and Confessions Inside the Interrogation Room (2012) (e-book)
- Lawrence S. Wrightsman & Mary L. Pitman, The Miranda Ruling: Its Past, Present, and Future (2012)
- Alan M. Goldstein & Naomi E. Sevin Goldstein, Evaluating Capacity to Waive Miranda Rights (2010)
- Rob Warden & Steven A. Drizin, True Stories of False Confessions (2009)
- Gary L. Stuart, Miranda: The Story of America's Right to Remain Silent (2004) (also available as e-book).
- Richard A. Leo, Police Interrogation and American Justice (2008) (also available as e-book)
How could you choose which law review articles to start with?
Here's a neat trick in HeinOnline. I searched for articles with confess* in the title (the asterisk makes the search include variants, like "confessing" and "confessions"). Result: 1,207 items.
I sorted them to show the articles that have been cited the most at the top of the list.
The most cited was Developments in the Law: Confessions, 79 Harv. L. Rev. 935 (1966), a big survey (nearly 200 pages!) published in March 1966, three months before the Supreme Court decided Miranda.
Next are a couple of works looking at false confessions: Steven A. Drizin & Richard A. Leo, The Problem of False Confessions in the Post-DNA World, 82 N.C. L. Rev. 891 (2004); Richard A. Leo & Richard J. Ofshe, Consequences of False Confessions: Deprivations of Liberty and Miscarriages of Justice in the Age of Psychological Interrogation, 88 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 429 (1998).
If you want to know the latest developments, you can sort to see the most recent article first: John C. Sheldon, Common Sense and the Law of Voluntary Confessions: An Essay, 68 Me. L. Rev. 119 (2016).
Searching for "confess*" in the title was very simple. You can put together more complex searches, too. E.g., if you search for "McMurtrie" as an author and "false" within five words of "confession*" in the text, you'll find Jacqueline McMurtrie, The Role of the Social Sciences in Preventing Wrongful Convictions, 42 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 1271 (2005).