Show-Up Procedures, Relevant Policy Standards, and Training Standards

  • Jon ShaneEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Criminology book series (BRIEFSCRIMINOL)


Eyewitness identification has high probative value for the prosecution’s case. One method for obtaining eyewitness identification is the show-up procedure. If the prosecution intends to rely on the show-up identification, then the show-up must not be impermissibly suggestive or prone to error, which can lead to misidentification. The United States Supreme Court resolved some questions about the suggestive nature of eyewitness identifications in United States v. Wade (1967),which implicates fairness and due process, specifically: (1) the manner in which confrontations for identification are typically conducted; (2) the dangers inherent in eyewitness identification and suggestiveness inherent in the context of the confrontation; and (3) because the likelihood that the accused will often be precluded from reconstructing what occurred, a full hearing on the identification issue at trial is warranted.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice AdministrationJohn Jay College of Criminal JusticeNew YorkUSA

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