Federal funds to help Metro keep track of sex offenders

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 11:57pm
Staff reports
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Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall gets a tutorial on how the new iris scan works from Director of Booking/Releasing Eric Bauder.

A federal grant, the first in the nation to be awarded, is bringing state-of-the-art technology to Davidson County’s efforts to keep track of convicted sex offenders.

The iris biometric grant, from the National Sheriffs’ Association’s, funded the installation of new technology that positively determines the identity of an individual by capturing a high-resolution digital photograph of an individual’s iris.

According to Sheriff Daron Hall, the equipment will be used to document sex offenders who come to the sheriff’s office to register. The data from these individuals will be collected and included in a national database.

Additionally, the information may assist in identifying when an offender is wanted in another jurisdiction.

The iris scan system, valued at $10,000, is non-intrusive. Simply looking into the camera captures an image of the iris, and the extremely accurate technology can tell the difference between twins or even an individual’s right and left eye.

“I am particularly pleased that the Davidson County Sheriff's Office has been chosen by the National Sheriffs’ Association to be one of the first grant recipients in the nation of this iris scan machine,” Hall said. “It is the sheriff’s office’s responsibility to gather information on sex offenders when they come to register in this county. Including them in an iris scan database is a great step because you can never be mistaken for someone else and you can share the data electronically with other law enforcement agencies.”

2 Comments on this post:

By: RonHowell on 2/17/10 at 8:03

Another toy used to track some of the people who can't defend themselves . Rights are currently being violated and hope those people who don't deserve this treatment get paid from the current violations.

Don't get me wrong there are those who should be on a registry, but if you look carefully Tennessee gets money for packing this registry and they are filling the registry people who don't deserve this sort of abuse. Soon you will see someone you know. In the vast future there will be successful lawsuits from some of these people placed in the registry . These lawsuits will eventually drain taxpayers of something that started out as greed in the first place.

If you study , most sex offenses are caused by someone who knew the victim. So basically, the registry is invalid and causes more turmoil than good. The sex registry is a start and test of tools that will be used to eventually violate your rights as a citizen.

I believe a guilty criminal should be punish for the crimes they do . Study says less than 10 percent of those crimes will be repeated, so why are life sentences of public redicule and stigma used all for the purpose of money and testing of future tools used to violate your privacy. Don't say I didn't tell you so , your grandchildren will soon become a victim of these unlawful acts your Federal and State government are methodically putting into place. Why not use false fear to slowly implement this process?

By: ihtak on 2/17/10 at 12:19

In your comment you state that less than 10 percent repeat their crimes. That may be true in some cases but not in regards to sexual offenders. The registry is a valid and important tool in keeping the community safe. A sexual predator may start with victims that he/she knows but unless they are stopped, they will venture out into the neighborhood, city, etc. Sexual predators have the lowest rehabilitation rate of all criminals. They must remain in treatment and monitored for life. I am for anything that keeps our children safe.