Eyewitness Identification

Apply now! NIJ has released the fiscal year 2018 solicitation Research and Evaluation on the Administration of Justice (pdf, 44 pages). This solicitation calls for applications in three focus areas including eyewitness evidence.

Applications are due May 14, 2018.

Police often ask eyewitnesses to identify a suspect from a lineup or an array of photos. A lineup or photo array involves placing a suspect or a photo of a suspect among people who are not suspected of committing the crime (fillers) and asking the eyewitness to identify the perpetrator.

Misidentification by eyewitnesses has played a role in a high number of wrongful convictions and has led criminal justice experts to look more closely at the effectiveness of identifying suspects from live and photographic lineups.

Date Modified: March 16, 2018