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Live Scan system - who's in charge?

Published March 26. 2010 08:28AM

Carbon County officials want to know who should be in charge of its Live Scan system.

During the monthly meeting of the prison board on Wednesday, court officials asked what needs to be done to finally get the system, which would be used for fingerprinting and photos, up and operational at the prison.

James Dodson, chief juvenile court officer, and Ronald Kokinda, chief of adult probation, posed the question about what is being done with Live Scan.

The board discussed the issue, covering topics such as securing the area where the equipment is housed, staffing, expenses associated with Live Scan, and how many hours the county would need to operate the system.

Some miscommunications brought more questions about who is in charge of implementing policies for the system.

Bob Crampsie, county controller and member of the prison board, said that the problem the county is facing is that no one has stepped up to take the lead in the project.

Dodson said he believed that former Warden James Youngkin, who retired on March 16, was supposed to be the lead person.

The board agreed that a Live Scan committee through the Carbon County Criminal Justice Advisory Board needs to be created to help move forward with the implementation of this system.

The Live Scan system has been the topic of controversy since the county voted to accept the piece of equipment for free from the Pennsylvania Police Chiefs Association in 2008.

Numerous discussions between the commissioners and other county officials have still left some questions unanswered and the equipment sitting at the prison, not being used.

In other matters, the Carbon County Correctional Facility's pump house electrical wire shorted out. The equipment operates the water system at the prison.

Currently, a rented generator has been set up to power the pump house, but problems that arose yesterday afternoon caused the generator to stop functioning.

The board discussed its options on how to resolve the electrical issue at the facility.

Larry McCullion, a private electrical contractor in the area, provided a possible solution, which includes digging a trench and running the wire underground.

The board also mentioned the possibility of shaving some of the cost of the project by utilizing inmates eligible for the work release program.

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