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17725. The Ethics of Police Lineups. Following the observation that eyewitness false identification of suspects during police lineup constitutes a major cause of wrongful convictions, this paper examines the ethics of police lineups. The use, purpose, implementation and major types of lineups (photo and physical; simultaneous and sequential) are discussed. The major strengths and weaknesses of the lineup are considered. Evidence on lineup effectiveness and accuracy as a method of eyewitness identification of suspect is reviewed. Recent efforts to improve the accuracy of eyewitness identification through revisions to lineup format and implementation have failed to adequately address the problem of mistaken identification. It is argued that the continued use of lineups to identify suspects is unethical, given the proven inaccuracy, race bias, and link to wrongful convictions. TAGS: police lineup eyewitness identification false ID criminal justice ethics. APA Style. 12 pages, 52 footnotes, 19 bibliographic sources. 3,070 words.

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