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Graham Pike: Harmful Evidence and Evidencing Harm in the Criminal Justice System

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This talk was recorded and presented for the launch of the OPRC, Opening Psychology for Changing Times in Summer 2021.

We are used to thinking of crime resulting in harm to a victim, but the criminal justice system itself can also cause harm, including to the victim, to witnesses, to suspects and to its employees. Graham Pike explores these harms with a particular focus on how harmful the evidence obtained from an eyewitness can be and the effectiveness of alternative methods of producing identification evidence, such as using social media or forensic experts.

We asked Professor Graham Pike about his talk after the OPRC launch event. His answers can be viewed in this OU Psychology & Counselling blog.

Key Readings:

Pike, Graham; Havard, Catriona; Harrison, Gini and Ness, Hayley (2021). Eyewitness identification procedures: Do researchers and practitioners share the same goals?. International Journal of Police Science & Management, 23(1), 17-28.

Sharp, Marie-Louise; Harrison, Virginia; Solomon, Noa; Fear, Nicola; King, Helen and Pike, Graham (2020). Assessing the mental health and wellbeing of the Emergency Responder community in the UK. Open University and Kings College London, London.

Pike, Graham and Clark, Clifford (2018). Identification Evidence. In: Griffiths, Andy and Milne, Rebecca eds. The Psychology of Criminal Investigation: From Theory to Practice. Issues in Forensic Psychology. Routledge, pp. 133–153.