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State of Oregon, Criminal Justice Information System: Mug Shot Imaging Project



Kathleen M. Higgins


Locally, statewide and nationally, criminal justice agencies have the technology to capture and store digital images of offenders, including mug shots and photographs of scars, marks and tattoos. The potential exists to associate this image information with criminal history records and to exchange such information between agencies. Unfortunately, police imaging systems have come from a variety of vendors and use dissimilar data formats. In Oregon, there is a need to develop an overall system architecture that meets functional, organizational and technical expectations and that will readily integrate with existing image systems. This report analyzes the financial impact and risks associated with three versions of a Mug Shot Imaging System (MSIS) for Oregon: (1) a version with a centralized index and centralized image storage, (2) an
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 99-771
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data interchange, digital image, image warehouse, law enforcement, mug shot, police lineup


Higgins, K. (1999), State of Oregon, Criminal Justice Information System: Mug Shot Imaging Project, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed June 13, 2024)


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Created October 27, 1999, Updated October 16, 2008