McPherson County Corrections has been having problems with its fingerprinting system lately.
Captain Arlo Blevins said the current electronic system’s software has a tendency to backfire when applying updates, which delays the process of acquiring and booking inmate fingerprint data.
Currently, county corrections uses a system called Crossmatch. The Crossmatch software went live in June 2011, and since then, Blevins said, the system has had multiple issues when installing updates.
Blevins said the Kansas Bureau of Investigation requires three to four updates per year by law.
Until December 2012, county corrections was paying $3,300 a year to Crossmatch for maintenance and technical support. Blevins said the support Crossmatch provided was “subpar.”
“We’ve gone back to submitting hard copies to the state,” Blevins said. “We then have a backlog of five to six months of electronic copies that haven’t been submitted yet.”
Fingerprint data is sent to the KBI and the Federal Bureau of Investigation on a monthly basis.
Blevins proposed to county commissioners on Tuesday the swap to Morphotrack software, which he said is a break off with the current Crossmatch software. Blevins said the subscription cost for maintenance and technical support would increase to $3,048 a year, and he hopes the support from Morphotrack would be better.
“It’s a lot better than shifting to an entirely new system,” Blevins said.
He said other county jails within the state suggested the new software.
The cost to install the new software was projected to be about $10,000, with an extra $4,000 to install an interface with the county correction’s current booking program, ITI.
Blevins said Morphotrac operates within the state of Kansas, while the closest Crossmatch hub is in Florida.
County Commissioners approved the expense Tuesday morning.
In other business:
• Commissioners approved $4,600 for the purchase of a scoop for an excavator machine, owned by McPherson County Public Works.
• Commissioners approved $3,600 for the purchase of stainless steel brackets for salt-sand spreaders owned by McPherson County Public Works.