fingerprint, ID management, jail, Michigan, US

Erroneous prisoner release due to “out of order” biometric hardware, Detroit edition

How can the Wayne County jail be overcrowded if beds are empty? (My Fox Detroit)

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.

There was a similar case in Georgia this past December.

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