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NCJ Number: 167486 Find in a Library
Title: Use of Polygraph Examinations for Victims of Sex Crimes in Maryland, 1993-1996
Journal: Polygraph  Volume:25  Issue:4  Dated:(1996)  Pages:279-289
Author(s): V T Murphy
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 11
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Issues related to the polygraph examinations of sexual assault victims in Maryland between 1993 and 1996 are described, based on discussions among various organizations and the study conducted by a State task force formed by the governor.
Abstract: Polygraph testing of sex crime victims has become a controversial issue; the trend to ban polygraph testing of victims has spread nationwide. The Maryland task force surveyed all State and local police agencies and all prosecutors' offices. It concluded that the real issue was what occurred before a victim became involved in a polygraph examination, that untrained officers in small police agencies rely on the polygraph as a short cut, and that a model polygraph policy was needed. After learning the results of the survey, the Maryland Polygraph Association made additional recommendations. These related to operational procedures, certification, training, continuing education, in-service polygraph training, cost, and the certification fee. The model policy developed by the task force stated that polygraph examinations will be used in criminal investigations only when all reasonable investigative techniques have been exhausted and may be used for suspects, victims, and witnesses only when answers to questions cannot be resolved through standard investigative techniques. The task force recommended that all law enforcement agencies adopt the model policy, that Maryland enact licensing and certification legislation similar to that in Vermont, and that prosecutors receive regular training. Additional recommendations, text of model policy and procedures, and 17 references
Main Term(s): Science and Technology
Index Term(s): Maryland; Polygraph reliability; Polygraph techniques; Polygraphs
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