Hits, Misses, and False Alarms in Simultaneous and Sequential Lineups

19 Pages Posted: 6 Sep 2014 Last revised: 15 Nov 2014

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Roger C. Park

University of California Hastings College of the Law

Date Written: September 4, 2014

Abstract

Studies indicate that sequential lineups decrease the rate of false alarms at the cost of increasing the rate of lost hits. This paper discusses how policymakers should assess this data, considering measures of probative value and the preference for false acquittals over false convictions. It compares sequential to simultaneous lineups and discusses the compromise position of allowing a second lap to witnesses who do not make an identification after first viewing a sequential lineup.

Keywords: lineups, eyewitness identification, sequential, simultaneous

Suggested Citation

Park, Roger C., Hits, Misses, and False Alarms in Simultaneous and Sequential Lineups (September 4, 2014). UC Hastings Research Paper No. 114. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2491880 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2491880

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