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Yavapai County turning high tech to ID inmates

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is moving out of the fingerprint-identification era and into iris scanning technology.

The Daily Courier reports the Sheriff’s Office is buying ID scanning equipment for both the Camp Verde and Prescott jails that will positively identify prisoners by looking into their eyes.

The systems are produced by a Massachusetts company and cost about $52,000. It’s paid for with money from the Jail Enhancement Fund, a discretionary account controlled by the sheriff.

Jail commander John Russell says the new system scans a huge computer database in just seconds and is much faster than checking fingerprints.

Ten hand-held units will be issued to deputies in the field as a pilot program. The units are essentially smartphone add-ons, and do iris scanning, fingerprint capture and facial recognition.

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