To Catch a Criminal, It’s All About Presentation

By Freakonomics

Dallas’s police department changed the way it lines up its suspects for identification. Instead of the common “six pack” method where the victim looks at six photos at once, detectives (blind to who the suspect is) started showing the photos one at a time, reports the Associated Press. This small change, according to the AP, can lower misidentification rates by 39 percent. (HT: Daniel Lippman)

Does this mean: People just point the finger to whoever looks like a stereotypical criminal? The ugly, muscled, tattooed and darker you are the more likely you are going to prison.

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One thought on “To Catch a Criminal, It’s All About Presentation

  1. I looked up the wrongly accused people named, wondering if the wrongly accused were in fact black…and lo and behold they were!

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