D.C. Jail Visitors Won't Hand Over Fingerprints Yet

The District's corrections department said it's reevaluating a proposal to fingerprint all jail visitors to check for outstanding warrants.

Department officials said the initiative, which was to have started this month, has been put on hold because of a "host of legal, financial and operational concerns that have been raised."

The department revealed the delay in a questionnaire submitted ahead of a performance oversight hearing Friday scheduled by the D.C. Council's Judiciary Committee.

The fingerprint proposal had raised concerns that it would be overly intrusive, though jail officials said they never planned to store the fingerprints and that it would be up to police to decide what to do if the prints turned up an outstanding warrant.

Officials want to use "live scan" fingerprint technology for visitors, which is the same system they use for inmates when they enter and leave the jail, corrections officials told the Examiner.

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