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Criminal histories incomplete for some inmates

Posted at 12:17 PM, Dec 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-13 14:17:29-05

PHOENIX (AP) - Fingerprint records and criminal histories are missing for some inmates in Arizona, meaning they could pass background checks and get clearance cards to drive school buses or buy weapons.
    
The Arizona Capitol Times reports Arizona Department of Corrections records show that between 2007 and 2014, hundreds of inmates were booked without a fingerprint record.
    
A project implemented in 2007 filled the information gap in most cases. About one-third of the inmates will still be released without a criminal history on record, allowing any who are first-time offenders to pass background checks.
    
In 2015, at least 43 inmates have incomplete criminal histories.
    
Officials say certain technological improvements could help the process. Millions of dollars in funding from various groups since 2011 have gone toward improving records and access.