KBI warns fingerprint database in danger of failing

Amy Webb
August 24, 2019 - 8:11 pm

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Kansas Bureau of Investigation officials are warning that a system used to check prints of criminal suspects is in danger of failing.

The system contains more than 2 million finger and palm prints used by law enforcement in criminal investigations and by child welfare workers for background checks on potential foster parents.

The Kansas City Star reports that KBI spokesman Joe Mandala told lawmakers that the database needs to be replaced. He warned that if it fails, the state's criminal justice and public safety operations would be crippled.

Kansas is the last state using the database and the company that makes it plans to stop providing maintenance by 2025. Replacing it would cost $8 million and take about two years.

The KBI hopes to request proposals for replacement this year.

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