Sen. Brown: Criminal fingerprinting under review

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East Stroudsburg — The House Judiciary Committee recently received testimony about the widely varying way criminal fingerprinting is conducted in Pennsylvania, according to PA State Rep. Rosemary Brown, who represents the 189th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Although state law requires the fingerprinting of all persons arrested for a felony, summary offense, or misdemeanor offense within 48 hours of arrest, actual compliance differs widely from local departments, regional forces and state police, she said.

In 2013, roughly 15 percent of all people charged with an offense were not fingerprinted, with rural counties having the lowest compliance rates, said Brown.

For more information about fingerprinting compliance rates and other crime statistics, visit

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