Criminals and Sex Offenders Required to Participate in Iris Scan Database
MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C.
Sheriff Jim Pendergraph of Mecklenburg County (North Carolina) recently
approved the purchase of iris-identification equipment for the purpose of
establishing a database of known criminals and sex offenders.
The purchase, which is worth $110,000, will provide law enforcementwith positive proof of identity. They money will also pay for nine mobileunits that will allow officers to check the identity of people as theycheck the addresses of registered sex offenders who reside in the county.
Capt. Kristjan Rahe warns that sheriff deputies will not be permittedto use the iris identification system to spot wanted criminals duringroutine traffic stops. Kristjan says that this is because of right toprivacy issues.
According to Pendergraph, all jail prisoners will be required to takean iris scan. This will enable the sheriff department to build a database.He points out that it will also enable deputies to assure that theyrelease the right people. The Pendergraph also intends to set up a childidentification program where parents can establish ID cards for theirchildren using the iris scan.
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