The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office unveils a new system to verify the identities of jail inmates at the county jail.
The new system utilizes biometrics — fingerprinting, to correctly identify an inmate. It will prevent officers from releasing the wrong inmate.
Sheriff Jeff Cassidy discussed the new technology during a news conference on Thursday.
“We’ve got to take additional steps for public safety,” Cassidy said. “That’s our number one goal, as sheriff, as law enforcement.”
The kiosk allows the jail to take in funds from the inmate, collect a fingerprint sample, and displays the inmate’s information. Once the inmate is ready to be released they will go through the fingerprint process using the kiosk. Once their release is verified they will receive a money card with the funds on it. The funds are also available for the inmates to use at the commissary while they are serving time at the jail.
“It’s one additional step for us to take,” said Sheriff Cassidy.
“You know mistakes happen, nobody’s perfect, but as long as we are taking those additional steps towards public safety and the safety of the residents of Sullivan County… anytime we can stay one step ahead it’s very important for the safety of citizens and the safety of inmates,” said Cassidy.
The system has already been implemented in the jail.
As of Tuesday, all 859 inmates were entered into the system.