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Bill Seeking To Improve Florida's Eyewitness ID System Heads To House Floor


A bill creating a uniform procedure for law enforcement agencies when it comes to conducting eyewitness interviews is on its way to the House floor.

In hopes of reducing wrongful prosecutions, Rep. Gayle Harrell (R-Stuart) says her bill seeks to improve Florida’s system of eyewitness identification.

“According to the Innocence Project of Florida, eyewitness misidentification is the single greatest cause of wrongful convictions when DNA evidence is shown,” she said. “75 percent of convictions here there’s DNA evidence later found, those convictions were reversed.”

So, her bill requires all law enforcement agencies who conduct lineups follow the same procedures. It includes having an independent administrator conduct the lineup or create an alternative approach approved by the state’s Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. The Florida Senate has already passed the bill.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.