Sunday, October 5, 2008

Seven year old database hasn't solved a single crime

From the Washington Post, on New York State's seven year old ballistics database:
ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York's seven-year-old database of handgun "fingerprints" has yet to lead to a criminal prosecution, and questions linger about its effectiveness. Still, state police remain committed to the tool, saying that more time and a long-awaited link to a federal ballistics database could bring success.

Since March 2001, identifying information about more than 200,000 new revolvers and semiautomatic pistols sold in New York have been entered into the Combined Ballistic Identification System database maintained by state police. New York and Maryland are the only states that maintain statewide databases.

Article here. The article says that operating the database costs a million bucks a year. What an enormous waste of money.

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