Eyewitness Identification And Police Transparency In Virginia
In 2011, Virginia’s Department of Criminal Justice Services updated its model policy for eyewitness identification procedures following revelations that previous practices were prone to error and could bring about wrongful convictions. Now, a new report finds that few of the state’s police departments have updated their policies to comply with new standards for suspect lineups. Additionally, at least 10 agencies still haven’t developed any policy at all, which has been required in writing since 2005. We’ll look at what could be causing the delay and see why some think it could be damaging for the state’s justice system.