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Once again: selecting foils as similar to the suspect, or matching the description of the culprit?

Avraham Levi (Jerusalem, Israel)

Journal of Criminal Psychology

ISSN: 2009-3829

Article publication date: 1 August 2016

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine Clark et al.’s (2013) claim that, contrary to the white paper produced by the American Psychological Association (Wells et al., 1998), the match-to-description method of choosing foils is inferior to the similarity-to-suspect method.

Design/methodology/approach

Examining the existing empirical evidence.

Findings

There is no difference between the two methods in rate of identifications. Sometimes, however, the rate of false identifications is larger when the similarity-to-suspect method is used.

Practical implications

The white paper’s recommendation should remain in place.

Originality/value

Keeping the white paper’s recommendation is important to prevent false identifications.

Keywords

Citation

Levi, A. (2016), "Once again: selecting foils as similar to the suspect, or matching the description of the culprit?", Journal of Criminal Psychology, Vol. 6 No. 3, pp. 114-120. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCP-03-2016-0011

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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