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University of Southern Mississippi Professor Collaborates with Houston Police for Eyewitness Research Study
Date:12/4/2012

ometer of what works and does not work in terms of practical procedures in the street and/or station house.”

Payne, who is also a former U.S. Attorney, designed a survey instrument that would reflect the most accurate and complete responses from individuals during a field test. He notes that preliminary results show no significant variance between simultaneous lineups and blind sequential lineups, which directly contradicts a stand taken by the Innocence Project, a national organization that has long contended that simultaneous lineups are inherently biased. The second phase of the study will being in January 2013.

“The second part will compare the ‘blind sequential’ method to the ‘blind simultaneous’ method and these two methods will be compared to the ‘non-blind simultaneous’ method used by the Houston Police Department,” said Morrison. “We are looking to determine if one method produces less false positives. We are also interested in determining if there is a loss in positive picks between methods.”

Morrison, who earned his doctorate in Administration of Justice at The University of Southern Mississippi in 2006, called Payne’s contributions to the project “invaluable.”

Payne suggests the data speaks for itself.

“We are searching for and believe we have found the best evidence-based procedure for controlling bias and ensuring the most effective and efficient eyewitness lineup procedures,” he said.

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