Prince George's Co. police changing photo lineup method

PALMER PARK, Md. - The Prince George's County Police Department is changing how photo lineups are presented to help keep innocent people from going to prison.

The Washington Post reports that detectives will soon begin showing witnesses photos of potential suspects one at a time. The photos will be on separate pieces of paper, instead of all on one page, and will be presented by a detective unfamiliar with the case.

The method aims to reduce the risk of witnesses falsely identifying suspects or detectives unknowingly steering witnesses toward a particular person.

The practice has been adopted by other jurisdictions around the country, including Baltimore. Also, Maryland state Sen. Catherine Pugh has introduced a bill requiring all law enforcement agencies to switch over to blind but not sequential lineups.

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