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Jail photographing tattoos to track gang activity

By RobotGod     Feb 27, 2007 in Crime
A northern Kentucky jail is photographing inmates' tattoos in an effort to track and suppress gang activity.
Deputy jailers at the Kenton County Detention Center have been taking pictures of tattoos on inmates since Covington police purchased a new booking camera in November for jailer Terry Carl.
Out of 500 inmates more then half have tattoos and they are hoping that a database of tattoos will be a great aid in IDing suspects. Tattoos can be the most identifying factor on a masked robber. No matter how traumatized a victim is, they often remember the tattoo.
The jail's gang intelligence officer deciphers writings on cell walls and and interprets them to identify gangs and white supremicist groups. He can ask questions and share pics of tattoos he does not understand on a secure, nationwide network called the Regional Information Sharing Systems National Gang Database.
This should be a great tool in the fight against crime. Every jail should do this. For one thing, if they did, we would learn that there are ALOT more repeat offenders then people realize.
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