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8 hours
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Eyewitness evidence is critical to the apprehension and prosecution of criminals.  Since 1989, DNA evidence has been used to exonerate nearly 200 individuals that were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned. Of those, approximately 75% were convicted on evidence that included inaccurate and faulty eyewitness identifications. Research has proven that a number of small changes to the identification process will help improve the accuracy and reliability of eyewitness identification, ensuring that the highest quality of eyewitness evidence is collected and preserved.


The goal of this curriculum is to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of how the implementation of recommended protocols, or best practices, can improve the accuracy and reliability of eyewitness evidence.


Learning Objectives:

 

  1. The student will be able to identify proper “Field Identification” procedures.
  2. The student will be able to describe the procedures for properly conducting “Showups.”
  3. The student will be able to identify the elements required to properly record “Showup” results.
  4. The student will be able to describe the process required to properly assemble “Mug Books” and “Composites” and explain the instructions provided to witnesses prior to viewing the photo or composite lineups.
  5. The student will be able to describe the procedures used to properly prepare “Mug Books.”
  6. The student will be able to describe the procedure in developing and using Composite images.
  7. The student will be able to list the recommended instructions provided to the witness prior to viewing a Mug Book.
  8. The student will be able to list the recommended instructions provided to the witness prior to viewing a Composite image.
  9. The student will be able to list the recommended procedures for documenting the identification procedure.
  10.  The student will be able to identify the recommended procedures for conducting eyewitness identification of suspects in Photo Lineups and Live Lineups.
  11.  The student will be able to describe the recommended procedure composing and conducting photo lineups.
  12.  The student will be able to describe the recommended procedure for composing and conducting live lineups.
  13.  The student will be able to describe the recommended procedures for instructing the witness prior to viewing the photo lineup.
  14.  The student will be able to list the recommended procedures for instructing the witness prior to viewing the live lineup.
  15.  The student will be able to describe the recommended procedure for composing and conducting the identification procedure for “Simultaneous” photo lineup.
  16. The student will be able to describe the recommended procedure for composing and conducting the identification procedure for “Sequential” photo lineup.
  17. The student will be able to describe the recommended procedure for composing and conducting the identification procedure for “Simultaneous” live lineup.

 


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