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Columbia County Jail scanning retinas

Dec 21, 2023 1:55 am

Roger Hannigan Gilson reports in the Times Union that the Columbia County Sheriff's Office have been scanning inmate's retinas since July at the Columbia County Jail. Those eyes are checked against more than two million retinal scans in the database owned of BI2, a biometrics company that is installing their system in every county jail in the state. The Albany County jail began using the retinal scans 11 months ago while Rensselaer County is currently training jail guards to use the scanners. Columbia County Sheriff Don Krapf said the system insured that the right inmate was receiving the correct medications, and that his office was releasing the person at the end of their incarceration who is supposed to be released. The story also says, "People entering the jail would also have their irises scanned to check their identities," but is not clear if that has already begun. The company says that mobile technology “enables law enforcement across the country the wireless ability to positively identify offenders from any location where there is cell service supporting Internet connectivity,” using their database. Read more about this story in the Times Union.