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A recent audit of Washington state's criminal history database found numerous examples of missing records related to the outcomes of cases. A recent audit of Washington state's criminal history database found numerous examples of missing records related to the outcomes of cases.
OLYMPIA, Wash. -

A recent audit of Washington state's criminal history database found numerous examples of missing records related to the outcomes of cases.

According to the Washington state Auditor's Office report released on Monday, a check of 2012 records in the Washington State Identification System (WASIS) found that a third of the records entered into a separate judicial database related to the final disposition of cases were missing or incomplete from WASIS because either the person arrested was never fingerprinted, or because a unique pin number assigned to every arrest with fingerprints was not included.

WASIS, which is maintained by the Washington State Patrol, is supposed to contain information not only of arrests, but the outcomes of a case, such as whether or not charges were filed or if there's a court judgment. Law enforcement agencies, prosecuting attorneys and courts all are supposed to send information to it.

The system, which is used during charging and sentencing decision, is also used to do background checks for employment and volunteer positions.

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