Alcorn County institutes charge for fingerprinting

Alcorn StockBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – This week people who need fingerprinting for job applications, volunteer service and other purposes began paying higher fees to obtain the service at the Alcorn County Adult Detention Center.

Previously, many individuals have flocked to Corinth for the service to avoid paying the fees charged in surrounding counties while Alcorn County charged no fee, regional jail warden Doug Mullins told the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors last week.

On recommendation of Mullins and Sheriff Charles Rinehart, the board approved implementing a fee of $10 for Alcorn County residents seeking the service and $25 for out-of-county residents.

The fee will not be charged to Tennessee Valley Regional Housing Authority referrals because they pay a $500 per month fee for fingerprinting and background checks of their applicants.

The Identix Touchprint 3000 Live Skin equipment used in Alcorn County provides high-quality images that, once scanned, are automatically broadcast throughout the law enforcement community and provide quick, effective identification of anyone in the criminal database, Mullins told supervisors.

Because the equipment is so advanced and sensitive, it requires more expensive maintenance and supplies, and the new fees will offset the cost of maintenance.

The county also receives from Social Security Administration a fee of $400 per person when they report a benefit recipient who is incarcerated, funds that also will be added to the fingerprint machine maintenance fund, Mullins said.

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