Link of Witness Misidentifications to DNA Exonerations Leads to Eyewitness Identification Reform Act

In Miami,  nine of the past twelve exonerations of a convicted person relied heavily on witness identification. This has led legislators and defense attorneys to agree that most DNA exonerations involve faulty suspect identifications. As a result, Miami legislators have introduced the Eyewitness Identification Reform Act to commission specific procedures that would strengthen lineups in identifying possible suspects.

Proposed reforms include using “double-blind” police line-ups, having witnesses sign statements that proper instructions were given to them by police officers commissioning the line-up, and improving police officer education for criminal investigations.

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