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Having to Make Quick Decisions Helps Witnesses Identify the Bad Guy in a Lineup

Eyewitness identification evidence is often persuasive in the courtroom and yet current eyewitness identification tests often fail to pick the culprit. Even worse, these tests sometimes result in wrongfully accusing innocent suspects. Now psychological scientists are proposing a radical alternative to the traditional police lineup that focuses on eyewitnesses’ confidence judgments. ... More>


Sentencing Ruling Reflects Rethinking on Juvenile Justice


Wrongful Convictions Can Be Reduced Through Science, But Tradeoffs Exist

Many of the wrongful convictions identified in a report this week hinged on a misidentified culprit -- and a new report in a top journal on psychological science reveals the paradox of reforms in eyewitness identification procedure. In our efforts to make sure that good guys don’t get locked up, we could let more bad guys go. ... More>


How To Improve Eyewitness Testimony


Police photo lineups challenged after series of wrongful convictions