Johnson County added to fingerprint database

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 09, 2011 7:20 AM

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Five Iowa counties — including Johnson County — were added to the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Secure Communities fingerprint database on Tuesday.

The program uses information sharing to “quickly and accurately identify aliens in law-enforcement custody,” according to a report from the Immigration and Custom Enforcement website.

Activated in 2008, the program has helped Immigration and Custom Enforcement to identify and remove more than 62,000 convicted criminals from the country.

In addition to Johnson County, Benton, Black Hawk, Linn, and Woodbury Counties were added to the database Tuesday. They join Polk, Pottawattamie, and Hardin Counties as the state’s involved counties.

— by Sam Lane

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