New Central Booking Center in
Clearfield County Jail.
November 1, 2013
CLEARFIELD - Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw,
Jr., announced yesterday that a Central Booking Center has been opened at the
Clearfield County Jail.
Shaw said that the booking
center is equipped with the latest technology to enable video
arraignments. Shaw said the new
equipment includes live scan fingerprint processing that is connected to both
state and federal records and enables real - time notification of criminal
records and wanted persons. The booking
center also includes equipment for the registration of sex offenders. Shaw noted that recent changes in the law now
require sex offenders to be fingerprinted and photographed prior to being
released from incarceration. The law
further requires that sex offenders regularly update their address and
photographs and establishes that county officials are responsible for the
registration procedures. Shaw noted that prior laws required the State Police
to be responsible for the registration of sex offenders.
Shaw stated that the booking
center will save countless tax dollars and provide more efficient law
enforcement services to Clearfield County. Shaw explained that in the past, when a police officer made an arrest,
the officer had to travel to a Magisterial District Judge's office in order to
conduct an arraignment. Now, the officer
can simply take a suspect to the county jail and utilize on-line technology to
conduct video arraignments. This
procedure shortens the time that a particular officer is out of service for the
purpose of arraignment. In the past,
Shaw noted that an officer could be out of service for an hour or more. The new booking center should enable
arraignments to be conducted in minutes and quickly places the officer back in
service to the community.
Shaw was pleased to report that
the booking center was constructed at no cost to the taxpayers of Clearfield
County. Shaw said the project was funded
through grant money received from
the Pennsylvania Commission on
Crime and Delinquency, as well as fine money paid by those charged with
criminal offenses. Shaw said that in
essence, the project was largely funded by those who commit crimes. Shaw also reported that inmate labor was used
to complete modifications in the jail to house the booking center. Shaw said that used parts and materials were
salvaged from the old County Home building before it was sold.
Shaw said many people were
involved in making this project materialize and wanted to thank everyone who
assisted in bringing the booking center on-line, including:
Sam Lombardo - Warden,
Clearfield County Jail, Tony Scotto - Controller, Laurie Reed - Fines and Cost
Coordinator, Lisa Kovalick - County Grant Writer, Joe Biggar - EMA Director,
Jeremy Ruffner - EMA Deputy Director, Adam Curry - County MIS, Chris Beck -
MIS, President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman, Judge Paul E. Cherry, the Clearfield
County Commissioners, Keri Hull - PCCD Local Representative, Barry Angstadt -
County Maintenance, Ron Smith - County Jail Maintenance.
Shaw also thanked Lezzer Lumber,
Swisher Concrete, the Tool Shed, Clearfield Electric, TD Fabricating, Ron's
Locksmith, and Torrell and Bernardo Custom Homes of DuBois for their assistance
with this project.
Shaw noted that Clearfield
County now has two booking centers, one at the county jail and the other
located at the Sandy Township Police Department. Shaw reported that these two booking centers
streamline the arrest process and enable officers to spend more time on patrol
and much less time transporting prisoners for "booking" purposes.
Shaw said this was a huge
project that is intended to save tax dollars, enhance police presence in the
community, and provide a more efficient and cost effective criminal justice
system in Clearfield County.