Eyewitness Identification Reform in North Carolina

State statute requires that law enforcement agencies follow specific policies in eyewitness identification procedures. These include: blind administration, sequential presentation, specific instructions to the witness, appropriate filler photo usage, obtaining a confidence statement and recording the procedure when practicable. The statute also provides for training of law enforcement officers in employing these practices and offers possible legal remedies in cases where the law enforcement agency failed to comply with these policies. Effective: 2008; Amended most recently: 2015.

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