Lawmakers Approve Lineup, Interrogation Recording Standards

Legislation given final approval by the General Assembly would require police departments statewide to follow uniform procedures for police lineups and recording homicide interrogations.

The lineup guidelines, which many departments already use, would apply when a witness attempts to identity a perpetrator by reviewing photos or people standing behind a glass window.

The lineup would be administered by presenting photos or individuals to the eyewitness one at a time, rather than all at once, as a way to achieve an accurate outcome. Investigators also must document the witness' confidence level of an identification.

Another change would require all interrogations in a homicide investigation to be recorded by video or audio as a way to ensure that officers perform them properly.