Date: October 30, 2003 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Michal Shanley, 863 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager

New Fingerprint Identification System Uses Ultra Sound to Confirm Inmate Id Prior To Release

A new fingerprint identification system has been installed in the Polk County Sheriff's Office Central book-in center that will prevent inmates from trying to escape by  booking out using another inmate's name.

The program works like this: during book-in, an inmate's fingerprints are scanned into the system using ultra sound technology, and the inmate's specific identification information is entered into the system.

When it's time to be booked out, the inmate's fingerprints are scanned into the system once again. The  program then confirms if the correct inmate is being released via fingerprint match.

If an inmate were to try to escape under a false name by using a fellow inmate's identification, the new program would instantly notify book-in personnel that the fingerprints do not match with a pop-up screen warning “STOP,” and with the appropriate inmate's photo.

Distribution: Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

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