Witness Identification in Criminal Cases: Psychology and Practice

Witness Identification in Criminal Cases: Psychology and Practice

by Rachel Wilcock, Ray Bull, Rebecca Milne
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199216932

ISBN-13: 9780199216932

Pub. Date: 11/15/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Witness Identification provides an up-to-date review on identifying crime perpetrators based on psychological theory and research. Applying psychology to the area of criminal identification, the authors make reference to relevant legislation such as the PACE Codes of Practice as they explore the psychology involved in identification.

This insightful and practical

Overview

Witness Identification provides an up-to-date review on identifying crime perpetrators based on psychological theory and research. Applying psychology to the area of criminal identification, the authors make reference to relevant legislation such as the PACE Codes of Practice as they explore the psychology involved in identification.

This insightful and practical title will inform anyone interested in this area. The authors outline the psychological information relevant to constructing and delivering identification parades, such as the point of view of the suspect and witness or victim, how witnesses remember, and the factors likely to affect the accuracy of person descriptions. They also consider the effects of stereotypes and expectancies on identification performance, as well as a discussion of the technologies involved in identification procedure. The book includes a chapter on how to assist people who are deemed vulnerable in order to elicit accurate identification evidence. It also looks at other methods of identification in addition to face identification, such as methods to identify a person's voice and gait.

By providing an overview of legislation and guidelines to conducting identity parades alongside a psychological underpinning, this book is a valuable resource to anyone whose work involves identification procedures, as well as students of psychology, law and police studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199216932
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/15/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.10(d)

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Perception, memory, and recognition involved in witness identification
3. Giving person descriptions and the effect of this on the identification process
4. Factors Affecting the Accuracy of Eyewitness Identifications
5. Identification by voice or by gait
6. The effects of expectations and stereotypes on identification
7. Recommendations for conducting identification parades
8. Assisting vulnerable witnesses
9. New innovations: Applying psychological science to the real world
10. Where we are now, and where do we want to go?

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