Eyewitness Identification And Police Transparency In Virginia

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Eyewitness Identification And Police Transparency In Virginia

We explore a new report that finds most Virginia police department have delayed adopting recommended policies for suspect lineups and eyewitness identifications.

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.


Brandon Garrett

Roy L. and Rosamund Woodruff Morgan Professor of Law at the University of Virginia. Author of "Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong" (Harvard University Press, 2011).

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