Richland County Sheriff’s Office introduces foolproof way to identify criminal suspects

The eyes have it.

Richland County Sheriff’s Office introduces foolproof way to identify criminal suspects
Using the iris to identify prisoners.

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Richland County will become the first county in Ohio to use the iris of the eye to identify people.

Richland County Sheriff’s Office introduces foolproof way to identify criminal suspects

It is a biometric technique that almost instantly analyzes 770 distinct features of the eyes. By comparison a fingerprint only uses 80 features and takes 11 hours.

A demonstration at the sheriff’s office by Sheriff Steve Sheldon and Sean Mullin, president of the company that makes the system, proved the speed.

The system cost $8,900 and will be operational by the end of the year.

A person being scanned simply looks into a camera for a few seconds and results are retrieved from across the country. A major advantage will be in the area of prisoner identification. There have been instances of prisoners faking identification and being mistakenly released. That can’t happen as the chances of someone matching another person are close to impossible.

One problem is that there are currently only about 1.4 million scans on file.

In Richland County every inmate in the jail will be scanned immediately and all inmates will be in the future. Since the average stay is 11 days, there is a lot of turn over so thousands of scans will be done in fairly short order.

Sheriff Sheldon says he will make scanning units available to all police departments in Richland County, which includes Mansfield.

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