Predictors of eyewitness identification decisions from video lineups in England: A field study

Ruth Horry, Amina Memon, Daniel Wright, Rebecca Milne

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    Eyewitness identification decisions from 1,039 real lineups in England were analysed. Identification procedures have undergone dramatic change in the United Kingdom over recent years. Video lineups are now standard procedure, in which each lineup member is seen sequentially. The whole lineup is seen twice before the witness can make a decision, and the witness can request additional viewings of the lineup. A key aim of this paper was to investigate the association between repeated viewing and eyewitness decisions. Repeated viewing was strongly associated with increased filler identification rates, suggesting that witnesses who requested additional viewings were more willing to guess. In addition, several other factors were associated with lineup outcomes, including the age difference between the suspect and the witness, the type of crime committed, and delay. Overall, the suspect identification rate was 39%, the filler identification rate was 26% and the lineup rejection rate was 35%.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)257-265
    Number of pages9
    JournalLaw and Human Behavior
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012


    • archival data
    • estimator variables
    • eyewitness identification


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