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NCJ Number: 97660 Find in a Library
Title: Polygraph Testing - Thoughts of a Skeptical Legislator
Journal: American Psychologist, 40  Issue:3  Dated:(March 1985)  Pages:348-354
Author(s): J Brooks
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 7
Type: Historical Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The controversy over the use of polygraphs by the federal government is not new. There has been a long history of debate within the government over the propriety and wisdom of using the 'lie detector.'
Abstract: Nonetheless, the federal government, under the leadership of the Reagan administration, is expanding the use of such tests for screening and investigative purposes. This article reviews the history of debate within the government over the use of the polygraph, and it describes legislation that must be enacted to control the proliferation of unwarranted and inaccurate polygraph use. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Federal government; Law reform; Mandatory polygraph screening; Polygraph reliability; Polygraphs
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