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Showups and Lineups

Read the attachments and Web sites listed.

Resource: Web sites: http://www.ncjrs.gov/nij/eyewitness/field_id.html

? Review the guidelines from the National Institute of Justice for the procedures on
showups and lineups used in pretrial identification.

Adoption of these guidelines remains optional for law enforcement agencies. Do you feel the enactment of these policies into law should remain an option? Explain your answer.

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Dear Student,
First, definitions. It is important to enable you to distinguish lineups from showups. The material you provided is enough to explain about procedures in principle though I think it would expand it a bit more if you look at sample cases of wrong identification.

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A line of people that is formed for inspection or identification. A criminal investigation technique in which the police arrange a number of individuals in a row before a witness to a crime and ask the witness to identify which, if any, of the individuals committed the crime. In a police line up, a witness to a crime, who may be the victim, observes a group of individuals that may or may not include a suspect in the crime. The witness is not visible to those in ...

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The solution defines and explains what showups & lineups are in terms of their application in law enforcement. It provides a concise discussion on the matter, focusing on why showups & lineups are essential tools in identifying perpetrators in the quest for justice. Attached is a word version of the solution, written in APA style.