New Eye-Scanning Technology at Monroe County Jail
IRIS, the Inmate Recognition Identification System, is a new eye-scanning technology being used to identify ex-offenders. The FBI tested the IRIS system several years back, collecting 430,000 scans during the pilot program. Today, this technology is being used at the Monroe County Jail, in Rochester, NY.
Inmates booked into the Monroe County Jail are photographed, fingerprinted, and now put through the IRIS scan. Once scanned, the system enters the biometric information into a national database. Since last September, over 6,500 inmates have been enrolled.
The robust system provides inmate criminal history in seconds from anywhere in the country. Officers instantly see the offender’s history, and any plan they may be on for release, with this technology. “In our treatment plans, we try and get people out of the revolving criminal justice door,” says Todd Baxter, Monroe County Sheriff.
The Sheriff’s Office has invested in eight IRIS scanners for their facilities. Each scanner costs $65,000 to purchase, and an additional $11,000 a year to maintain.