Eyewitness Identification Reform in Texas

State statute requires law enforcement agencies to adopt procedures for photo and live lineups that comply with minimum standard best practices, to include at a minimum the blind administration of lineups, proper instructions, proper fillers, and confidence statements. A model policy is to be promulgated by the Texas Law Enforcement Management institute.

In 2017 Texas passed legislation to make further improvements to eyewitness identification by permitting in-court identification by an eyewitness only admissible if it is accompanied by the details of each prior out-of-court identification procedure and requiring eyewitness identification training for all officers who conduct lineup procedures.

Effective: 2011; Amended most recently: 2017

Read the statute.