Ariz. fingerprint bill aims to fill gap in records
Convicts released with no criminal record
By Lauren Gilger
PHOENIX — A new bill waiting for the Governor’s signature aims to fill a hole in Arizona law enforcement records system.
Senate Bill 1295 , introduced by Sen. Steve Smith (R-Disctrict 11) , requires courts to permanently affix a defendant’s fingerprints to their sentence document or order for certain offenses and allows for booking agencies to re-take a set of fingerprints if they are damaged or missing.
Why? The Arizona Criminal Justice Commission (ACJC) found there are potentially hundreds of inmates in the Department of Corrections who do not have an accurate criminal history.