Memory and miscarriages of justice

DNA analysis of old cases, that had already led to a conviction before the advent of forensic DNA techniques, has led to the exoneration of more than 300 wrongfully convicted people in the US. Of these, 18 had been sentenced to death and the average sentence served before exoneration was more than 13 years. Analysis reveals that misidentification by an eyewitness featured in more than three-quarters of these cases. In this presentation we will explore the psychology of memory, and look at how the workings of the human mind can lead to miscarriages of justice.

Presentation time: 
Wednesday, 2 July, 2014 - 19:30

Graham Pike

Graham Pike is a psychologist with an interest in applied cognition, particularly how psychological knowledge can be used to obtain evidence from eyewitnesses. He has conducted research with the College of Policing, the Home Office, ACPO and more than 20 police forces, aimed at improving investigative procedures, and helped develop new technology such as the VIPER and E-FIT systems.