U.S. Marshals tracked Marquez to a Michigan home in January. However, he pulled the same identity-swap trick on jail officers there after he was arrested and booked. He walked out of that jail too. Currently, he is on the run and considered armed and dangerous.
As the headline says, they’re simple mistakes. They’re also simple to fix.
I can’t think of a good reason to forego the use of computerized biometric checks for prisoner release. I say computerized because evidently, there was a sergeant who compared an older, smudged, thumb print with a fresh one before allowing the release — an additional benefit of automated fingerprint systems is that they often come with a quality checker on the front end, which goes a long way to preventing the “garbage in” part of the famous metaphor.
Another important issue, touched upon in the video below is the issue of specific training regarding the prisoner release process.
The sheriff’s office is in the procurement stages for new, biometric technology.
And last week’s boner. Rocky Marquez, a fugitive found in Detroit with a loaded assault rifle, escaped from county lockup by switching identity with another inmate. How did that happen? The fingerprint identification machine was out of order.
“That is the most basic tool in the world to be able to verify a man’s identity biometrically by his fingerprint. We don’t have it,” said a person who didn’t want to be identified.
“It is a critical piece of equipment that needs to be fixed and we will get it fixed,” Napoleon said.
This is why Intake-and-Release biometrics are gaining popularity in jail management circles…
Escaped Inmate Captured As Investigation Continues At The Chatham County Jail(Old link dead) The Georgia jail that released the wrong prisoner ordinarily uses fingerprint biometrics to ensure that the correct person is being set free. The system, however, was not in use at the time.
UPDATE: There is still video available of the story.
The prison features cutting-edge technology, including 1,200 security cameras, X-ray equipment, scanners, gear to detect the molecular presence of drugs, biometric readers to monitor people entering and leaving the facility, and equipment to block telecommunications signals, Calderon said.