Implementation of the Fingering Law Effective January 12, 1998
Since July 1, 1996, Alaska Statute 12.80.060 has required the fingerprinting of all felon and misdemeanor defendants. The statute requires the court to determine at a defendant's initial court appearance or arraignment (and again at sentencing) whether a defendant has been fingerprinted for the present offense. If this cannot be conclusively determined, the statute requires the court to order the defendant to submit to being fingerprinted within 24 hours.
Note: The statute does not provide for waiting until the defendant has been convicted before inquiring and ordering that defendant to be fingerprinted. Also, it does not matter whether a defendant has previously been fingerprinted for one offense or for a dozen offenses: new fingerprints are required as an identifier for each new offense.
Reporting for Fingerprinting at the Fairbanks Correctional Center
- Fingerprints are taken at the Fairbanks Correctional Center daily Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM. No weekends or holidays.
- You may be asked to come another day if staffing and/or workloads do not permit the taking of your prints at the time of your arrival.
- Note: The receptionist and front office staff do not have any control over this. Your patience and courtesy with them is appreciated.
- When reporting for fingerprints you MUST bring your charging document (traffic ticket, summons, etc.), a valid picture ID, and your court order telling you to be printed.
- You may not wear shorts, tank tops, or short skirts into the facility.
- You will be asked to complete a short form listing information from your charging document and your court order.
- You will be asked to remove all coats, jackets and hats and to secure them in a locked locker to which you will be permitted to keep the key.
- Fairbanks Correctional Staff will not be responsible for any personal items you bring in with you. It is suggested that you leave all valuables elsewhere. (Home, Office, Car, etc.)
- You will be "pat" searched for security reasons.
- You will be escorted to the booking office and fingerprinted there. An officer will sign your court order to indicate your compliance. This form is for your records. An electronic record of your prints will be forwarded to the proper authorities. The court order is your proof of your compliance.