The FBI and other federal law enforcement United States will reverse a policy that has long been forbidden to record interrogations of detainees, the Justice Department sent a memo last week.
The new policy, starting July 11, created a presumption that agents of the Federal Bureau of investigation, drug enforcement administration, United States Marshals Service and the Bureau of alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives will record video statements made by people who in their detention pending court appearance.
Attorney General Eric holder said in a video message on Thursday that the policy change was the result of careful analysis that culminated in record will provide "an objective account of the key studies and interaction with people who are going to federal prison."
Criminal defense lawyers have long supported more than 100-year-old ban on entry to be cancelled in the interests of transparency.
"Record interrogations protects the accused from police misconduct, protects law enforcement officers against false accusations, and protects public safety by providing a transcript of the interview and any statements," said Jerry Cox, President of the National Association of criminal defense lawyers, in a statement on Wednesday.
There are some cases where entry still would not be allowed, for example, when a person refuses to be recorded or when doing so would threaten public safety or national security.
Hundreds of State and local jurisdictions throughout the United States currently record interrogation sessions, according to the National Association of criminal defense lawyers.