GovBytes: Criminal Identification Improves in Western States

Several western states have come together to improve their integrated fingerprint databases for a better criminal identification system. The states which participate in the Western Identification Network (WIN), a nonprofit responsible for the program, include; Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The improved system will provide high-definition palm and fingerprint matching. Julie Butler, records bureau manager for Nevada’s public safety department, had this to say:

“Like anything IT, we run into some challenges day to day … But at the end of the day, it all works — and it all works really well. This is a system that’s mission critical for us and for the seven other members.”

Western States to Modernize Shared Fingerprinting System

The system is also interfaced with the system used by the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
Should the system be used by all 50 states, if possible, rather than a select regional few?

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