Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Dallas eyewitness study delayed

This is a disappointment: The Dallas Police Department waited so long to begin a study on its eyewitness ID procedures that the Urban Institute, which was supposed to conduct the study, had its grant expire and cannot now fund the long-awaited research.

The truth is, Dallas doesn't need a study to improve it's eyewitness ID policies; other agencies have reformed their methods without some expensive study. They should do so, ASAP.

1 comment:

123txpublicdefender123 said...

Interestingly, the Dallas Morning News reported that, since they changed their policy on show-up IDs (limiting their use to cases of real necessity and requiring a supervisor to be present, etc.), they have not conducted a single one since November.