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The Midwest Automated Fingerprint Identification Network (MAFIN) is a regional criminal history database consisting of arrest records from Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The arrest records consist of Ten Print fingerprint cards, and may also include palm print cards. MAFIN is maintained by the Minnesota Justice Information Systems (MNJIS) department of the BCA.
In June 2008, AFIS was upgraded to elimiate the scanning process, decreasing processing time and allowing for an instantaneous link to the FBI. This database consists of all South Dakota criminal arrest information and fingerprints of offenders. With this capability, the DCI is able to identify suspects in real time for investigations, comparing latent fingerprints found at crime scenes against tenprint images. Along with AFIS, a shared archive server, Midwest Automated Fingerprint Identification Network.
Latent Print Examiners attempt to identify the latent prints to individuals that may be connected to a crime scene. If they cannot be identified, or if there are no known individuals of whom to compare, then latent prints can be searched in the Midwest Automated Fingerprint Identification Network.
The HCSO Crime Laboratory is one of the partner agencies participating in the Midwest Automated Fingerprint Identification Network (MAFIN). MAFIN is a shared regional database of fingerprints from South Dakota, Minnesota, and North Dakota. MAFIN allows the laboratory to compare fingerprint evidence recovered from crime scenes to a database of known fingerprints and palm prints. MAFIN searches can be conducted on a local, state, or national level (IAFIS).