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NCJ Number: 167483 Find in a Library
Title: Victims and Polygraph Examinations
Journal: Polygraph  Volume:25  Issue:4  Dated:(1996)  Pages:249-255
Author(s): W L Hardy; V T Murphy
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 7
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The use of polygraphs with victims is discussed, with emphasis on policy and practical implications for those with responsibility for oversight or supervision of polygraph applications or investigative programs.
Abstract: The polygraph technique is a useful investigative tool. It should not be a substitute for other types of investigations. Its use should be controlled with the utmost care, compassion, and sensitivity. Examiners should resist pressure to use the polygraph technique prematurely. Instead, investigators should work within the framework of a written policy that begins with conducting an investigation. Use of the polygraph is appropriate if inconsistencies or conflicts between different types of information emerge. The examinee may be someone suspected of making a false complaint to the police or falsely swearing to testimony, but technically the examinee is a victim until proven to the contrary. Sexual assault victims usually cooperate fully when they understand why they are being asked to undergo a polygraph examination. Criteria to include in a written policy include offering the suspect or accused a polygraph examination before testing the victim and avoiding polygraph examinations of sexual assault victims in the absence of any conflicting information. Lists of additional policy considerations and questions to use for sex crime victims and 6 references
Main Term(s): Science and Technology
Index Term(s): Criminal Justice System Response to Victims; Polygraph reliability; Polygraph techniques; Polygraphs
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