Santa Fe County will require scan of sex offenders' eyes

Staff Report
The Associated Press

SANTA FE (AP) - Sex offenders in Santa Fe County must register their names, addresses and fingerprints with the sheriff's office.

Soon, they'll also need to submit to a new form of identification: a scan of their irises.

Sheriff Greg Solano says Santa Fe County will be the only jurisdiction in New Mexico to have the system, part of a pilot program to create a national database.

The equipment, valued at $10,000, is being donated by the company that designed it.

The so-called "iris recognition biometric technology" has already been in use at sheriff's departments in 26 other states, though Solano says New Mexico is one of four states to receive the newest model.