Mistaken Eyewitness Identification And The Criminal Justice Center

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In 2001, more than roughly 200 innocent people were convicted of crimes that they did not commit. All of these cases had one thing in common: mistaken eyewitness identification. According to Webster dictionary, an eyewitness identification can be summed up by someone who sees something happen and is able to describe it. In reality, mistaken eyewitness identification has become a huge complication in the United States, because of the difficulties that follow it. Mistaken eyewitness identification has been the leading contributing factors to wrongful convictions. (The Innocence Project) With the help of DNA testing, more than 70% of convictions were overturned. There have been several major research programs and centers that have been actively pursuing new, accurate methods that help to arrest and convict a suspect. The Robert Presley Crime and Justice Center is one of the numerous research centers that help to contribute, to how we as a society, can improve our methods on making successful eyewitness identifications. The Robert Presley Center for Crime and Justice is directed by Steven Clark, who is also a psychology professor at the University of Riverside, California. There have been a total of six federal sites that have been built countrywide. However the Robert Presley Center for Crime and Justice, is the only research center in California that is publically funded. They have had the opportunity to take part in several research programs, that have helped to resolve

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