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Resource ID: #27072
Subject: Law Enforcement
Source: PublicSource
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Date: June 28, 2014

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In violation of state law, police in Pennsylvania fail to fingerprint thousands of suspected criminals within 48 hours of arrest. Instead, they routinely rely on judges and jailers - and often the offenders themselves - to capture the prints they've missed. For 2013, 30,000 fingerprints were not recorded, according to state data. If a fingerprint is not made, a defendant will not have a complete criminal history at the state and national level. This means background checks will fail to raise warnings for dangerous offenders. We analyzed raw data from the state to find the areas with the worst compliance and contacted those with the best compliance to examine possible solutions.

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