State Fingerprint System Flawed, More Expensive To Maintain Than To Build

03/10/2014 07:53 am ET
  • Tristram Korten Florida Center For Investigative Reporting
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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s troubled five-year-old automatic fingerprint identification system (AFIS) has cost far more to maintain than it did to design and build because of technical problems. It is now so unstable that it is causing delays during investigations and arrests across the state.

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