News 11.19.08

Study Finds Few Texas Police Departments Have Written Eyewitness Procedures

A new study released today by the Justice Project found that only 12% of Texas law enforcement agencies responding to a survey said they had written policies for lineup procedures. Nearly 75% of the 1,034 agencies in the state answered the survey.

From the report:

This overall lack of sound, scientifically-based policy indicates that the State of Texas must pass legislation that requires departments to adopt written policies that implement best practices for the conduct of eyewitness identification procedures.



Download the full report here

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The Innocence Project recommends that law enforcement agencies develop written identification procedures based on practices shown in scientific study to reduce the number misidentifications.

View our recommendations here

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Blogs covering the report today:


Grits for Breakfast



Dallas Morning News –

Unfair Park

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