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  1. #1 Are you "in the system"? 
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    Okay...
    If you were ever arrested, then I assume your fingerprints and such are in "the system," whatever that is....

    What kinds of things are kept "on file"?

    And if you were never arrested, are you in the system at all? If so, what info do they have?



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    I was fingerprinted as part of my "fingerprinting merit badge" in boy scouts. So they got the goods on me.


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    I went to jail overnight for stealing a pie. Little thing like that, on record for two years. They took my personal details, statement of guilt and fingerprints. File also contains arresting officer, date and place of arrest and date to take it off the record.
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    lol where did you steal a pie from? How old were you? And what kind of pie!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TvEye
    I went to jail overnight for stealing a pie.
    Wow TvEye...
    I had no idea we had a hardened criminal in the forum....
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    21, from a shopping centre and i believe it was steak and kidney. I used to pick up chocolates, eat them in the shop and hide the packet before walking out. So when i took the pie, they needed evidence. I refused to tell them where the packet was. They had to check the cameras to find it hidden inside a box of diapers. Lol.
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    lol good story
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    I work in a nuclear power plant, and I am due to be "reinvestigated". They retook my fingerprints. The finger print machines are pretty cool nowadays, they just scan them into a computer, no ink on your fingers. The odd part I thought was that I had to fill out a form to let them research my credit rating.
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    Lucky bastard. I'd give anything to work with nuclear power. Though my psychologist thinks it's a bad idea.
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    Everyone who has travelled into the US (after 2001 I guess) is listed. When I came there for a holiday, at the customs I had to put all my fingers on a red plate thingie, they took a photo of me too.

    So I don't think I'm in some sort of criminal database, but my fingerprint is listed somewhere on a server somewhere in the United States
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    douane = customs. Hollanders! Slechts een grap. :-D
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    I don't think i have, but if they read my post about lock picking; they may just come after me.

    We used to do that too, me any who, as a kid. along side my ma. grapes, rolls. sometimes...... i was guilty of going back again and again for a free sample. I did not know they were only one per customer
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    Point of interest, over here in the UK, a new law has come in saying that all criminal records (even just that there was a caution) must be kept for 100 years. Thankfully not in the system, but seeings as I wish to go into forensics (chemistry and forensics at University) I'll need to submit my data one day.
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    Point of interest, over here in the UK, a new law has come in saying that all criminal records (even just that there was a caution) must be kept for 100 years. Thankfully not in the system, but seeings as I wish to go into forensics (chemistry and forensics at University) I'll need to submit my data one day.
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    I work in law enforcement, and have been fingerprinted for my job. I now have complete file with all agencies (FBI, state database, etc.) However, my file should be empty.....should be.
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    I did some work experience in a forensics lab, and had my prints taken them. I was assured they weren't going to be used for any records, but....
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    One of my brothers is in the system (Drink Driving) thus technically I suppose I am (through DNA) - They have my passport photo. Prints - ?? who knows, I guess they could get them easily enough if they wanted to.
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    ok, I said before that I wasn't 'in the system'. I will point out that I'm not in the conventional sense, but from what I've seen happening in the UK, I'd say nearly everyone is in some way or other. It's a sorry state of affairs over here.
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    just so you know, you are in the system if 1. you have a driver's license, 2. state i.d. card, 3. attended college, 4. have/had a bank account, 5. have a social security # or its equivelant, 6. a marriage license and so on

    it is not just fingerprints that puts you 'on the grid' (movie: national treasure)
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    I worked for a very large financial institution. I had to have an FBI background check in order to get the job. That of course included finger prints and full mug shots. I think they stole the cup I was drinking out of as well
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    Anyone who has been in the U.S. military has their fingerprints on file. Anyone who has ever had a security clearance or a concealed weapons permit in any state in the U.S. has their fingerprints on file. Moreover, I presume these occasions for fingerprinting are not exclusive to the U.S.
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    Everyone should be in the system. DNA and finger prints. It should part of the census to collect such information.
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