As part of the Computer Controlled Methadone Dispensing System (CCMDS) being implemented in most jails in the UK, prisoners are having their iris or fingerprint biometrics taken, according to a Guardian article.
The purpose of the CCMDS is to relieve the problems in UK jails related to drug overdoses and drug trading by ensuring via biometric information that the correct inmate is receiving the correct drugs.
The new system is being provided by UK biometrics developer Human recognition Systems and has already been implemented in 17 institutions. Currently 80% of inmates using the system enrolled using irises, the preferred method, as it is a more accurate method than fingerprint scanning.
Prison administration are confident that the new system will nearly eliminate past abuses related to identity fraud, drug dealing, and bullying as they intend to incorporate all drugs into the system.
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