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Description:

Eyewitness evidence plays a critical role in the criminal investigation process. A recent study on photo array and lineup procedures conducted within the Chicago Police Department suggests, contrary to expectations, that sequential presentation is not superior to simultaneous presentation. Subsequent conferences at Loyola and at the Police Executive Research Forum resulted in heated debates on methodology and policy implications, as well as calls for more research.

In this online event, sponsored by the National Institute of Justice and the Government Innovators Network, our panel of experts pushed this conversation forward, offering diverse perspectives on eyewitness identification procedures, with a special focus on research activity that has occurred since the conferences at Loyola and PERF.

After opening comments, this forum was opened to Q&A from our audience. The panel conducted a thoughtful and balanced discussion on how researchers and practitioners can collaborate most effectively when developing and implementing research studies on field procedures.

Resources:

NOTE:  This list was compiled with the aim of offering a concise yet comprehensive selection of resources that objectively represent the most recent research and discussion on eyewitness identification procedures. It is not our intention to imply bias toward any given procedure.

Reports and Websites

Mecklenburg, S.H. (2006). "Report to the Legislature of the State of Illinois: The Illinois Pilot Program on Sequential Double-Blind Identification Procedures."

Nancy Steblay's web page at Augsburg College - Scroll down for several articles on Eyewitness evidence authored or co-authored by Dr. Steblay.

Eyewitness Identification Research Laboratory, University of Texas at El Paso - Links to reports relating to the Illinois Pilot Program and other eyewitness evidence issues.

Doyle, James. (2004). True Witness: Cops, Courts, Science, and the Battle Against Misidentification. Palgrave MacMillan. (Book and associated resources).

Wells, G.L., Memon, A., & Penrod, S.D. (2006).  Eyewitness evidence: Improving its probative value. Psychological Science in the Public Interest.

Klobuchar, A., Steblay, N., & Caligiuri, H. (2006). Improving eyewitness identifications:  Hennepin County's blind sequential lineup projectCardozo Public Law, Policy, and Ethics Journal.

District Attorney's Office, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. (2004). Report of the Task Force on Eyewitness Evidence.  (Guidelines for a double-blind, sequential lineup procedure).

Office of the Attorney General, State of Wisconsin. (2006). "Response to Chicago Report on Eyewitness Identification Procedures."

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs. (1999). Eyewitness Evidence: A Guide for Law Enforcement (research report) .

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs. (2003). Eyewitness Evidence: A Trainer’s Manual for Law Enforcement.

The Gary Wells Homepage - "... a resource for those interested in eyewitness memory issues."

The Innocence Project - Information on eyewitness misidentification.

Recent News

HNN Staff. (Feb 21, 2007). "Bill to Enhance Public Safety by Improving Accuracy of Eyewitness Identifications Set for WV Senate Committee Hearing Wednesday." HuntingtonNews.net

Jonsson, Patrik. (Feb 6, 2007). "The police lineup is becoming suspect practice." The Christian Science Monitor.

Miles, David. (Feb 6, 2007). "Senate approves changes to criminal lineups." Santa Fe New Mexican.

Conference (March 1 - 3, 2007)

Off the Witness Stand: Using Psychology in the Practice of Justice - A conference to celebrate the centennial of Hugo Munsterberg's class On the Witness stand).

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