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Facial BlindnessVictoria Cooper
It has been said that maybe 2.5% of the population have inherited facial blindness (Jordan, 2011). Facial blindness is very imperative in our criminal justice systems and the concerns for the impact it has on it as well. Most people who have inherited facial blindness or prosopagnosia do not even know they have it. This is the issue that is of great concern. Therefore, it brings into the question whether or not prosecutors (DAs) rule out the possibility of an eyewitness' having face blindness before testifying against a defendant.
One concern about people who may have prosopagnosia is that when using eyewitness testimony, there’s a possibility that the individual may have the diseases. The issue arises when we do not consider this because there are people with the disease and could possibly have no idea that they do. Under the criminal justice system, when using eyewitness testimony with the consideration of face blindness we are incoherently impacting lives negatively. Not considering facial blindness decreases the reliability of an eyewitness testimony because people have a misconception of people’s faces.
Eye witness testimony is already fairly unreliable due to outside influence on a person’s ability to recognize a face such as the time since they saw the individual, pressure from peers, or even just the natural idea of simply forgetting (Alperin, 2011). We can see plenty cases of where district attorneys have not considered situations such as facial blindness by referring to the innocence project (Law). Many individuals have been put in jail due to misconception of facial features and error in eyewitness testimonies. There are simple factors that come into play and taking caution for those instances can help. Simply taking these issues such as face blindness into consideration can spare many lives and time spent in the criminal justice system.
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