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Violent Crimes Archives

The problem with eyewitness identification

In New York and throughout the United States, victims of crimes are often asked to choose their attacker out of a physical or photograph lineup. Although this method of perpetrator identification is still widely used in the U.S., flaws in the procedure can lead to wrongful conviction of an innocent person. According to the Innocence Project, 354 people have been exonerated from their criminal sentences after DNA evidence proved they were innocent of committing a crime. At least 70 percent of those cases involved eyewitness misidentification. Why are innocent people being picked out of eyewitness lineups on such a regular basis?

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