A new Connecticut eyewitness identification law will take effect on January, 1, 2012, continuing the trend of eyewitness identification reforms across the nation.
The new identification procedures will require several key reforms recommended by the National Institute of Justice and the American Bar Association and proven to reduce the rate of misidentifications. The Connecticut Law Tribune reported:
“We now know that our current (method), what courts and law enforcement have been doing for the past 35 years or so, are producing false identifications,” said retired Connecticut Supreme Court Justice David Borden, who chairs the Eyewitness Identification Task Force.
Texas and Rhode Island, among others, also took action to improve eyewitness identification procedures in 2011.