As long as we’re on the subject of SVU; you touched on part of the formula that is both demonstrative of real life, and exposes the show as total fantasy. Roughly 50% of the time, they nab somebody in the first 15 minutes, and they give him the nasty interrogation, threaten charges of arson murder and jaywalking, and are unshakable in their confidence that they’ve got their guy. So far, uncomfortably accurate. What happens next is the fantasy part: there’s a knock on the one way glass, and the captain/the ME tells them of a new development that means it definitely couldn’t have been this guy. And the detective go, “well damn, I guess we better look at it again. In reality cops would never allow something like facts to disrupt their narrative, they’d go back in and Reid technique him into a confession and or have the DA stack charges to force a plea (following through on the threat of arson murder and jaywalking). What’s remarkable in-universe is that no one seems to learn from the previous 100 times this has happened. You’d think after two hundred something episodes, Olivia Benson would have noticed a pattern.