Inmates are ink-free at the new Tulsa County jail


Monday, August 23rd 1999, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


(Tulsa-AP) -- Inmates at the new jail in Tulsa County won't have
to worry about having their fingers stained with ink anymore.

Technology has replaced the old way of recording fingerprints.

The David L- Moss Criminal Justice Center in Tulsa is the jail
under a statewide plan to install automated booking systems at
county jails.

The automated booking system creates a computer graphic of
fingerprints and eliminates the need for ink.

The system, called LiveScan, uses a digital camera to take a
picture of a print as a finger is rolled across a glass surface. An
image of the fingerprint is immediately displayed on a color
monitor.

About five million dollars is needed to install LiveScans in
all of Oklahoma's 77 counties.

About 300 of the Tulsa County jail's more than 11-hundred
inmates today were booked using LiveScan.