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NCJ Number: 118557 Find in a Library
Title: You're in Good Hands With Electronic Fingerprinting
Journal: Law Enforcement Technology  Volume:16  Issue:6  Dated:(June 1989)  Pages:23-24
Author(s): R D Morrison
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 2
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In Santa Barbara, Calif., the county sheriff's department has been testing an electronic point of booking system to verify inmate identities.
Abstract: Cases of misidentified and mistakenly released inmates are not uncommon. To remedy this, the sheriff's office in Santa Barbara scans live fingers electronically, creating a laser-printed, ten-print card, including rolled and plain fingerprint impressions. Specialized optical scanning and electronic processing equipment "reads" the finger and converts the image into digitized data for transmission to an automated fingerprint identification system, where an automated search is performed against current fingerprint records. This allows security staff to verify identities when inmates are moved from one controlled area to another within the facility. Additionally, employees can be held accountable, because a complete audit-trail record of access can be generated by computer, noting the identity of the individual, the time and date, and the length of stay in a specific area. This is a deterrent to unauthorized access and satisfies the requirement for positive location/inmate presence checks. Many believe that a national network for sharing fingerprint data will be developed in less than 10 years.
Main Term(s): Automated fingerprint processing
Index Term(s): California; Inmate records; Inmate transfers
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