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Letter: Shared birth date with a criminal puts men on a fingerprint lineup

To the editor:

My partner and I went to have our criminal record checks done recently.

Mine was accepted by the clerk with no issues. My partner’s however, ended costing $30 more because he happens to share a birthdate with a criminal and/or pedophile.

The $30 is to cover the finger printing which my partner had to submit to even though he has never committed a criminal offense.

To say the least, we were both somewhat taken aback by this procedure which, in a nutshell, is meant to eliminate my partner as a suspect.

Apparently, the ‘bad guys’ who are wanted by the police end up changing their names, sometimes more than once, but they cannot change their birthdates.

I would think that perhaps it might be a better idea to perform a criminal record check every time someone wants to change his or her name; do it at point of sale if you will.

We are both quite curious if this ‘finger printing’ does not somehow contravene a person’s constitutional rights.

I am also wondering if the finger prints of the innocent are destroyed after the criminal check is done. We were told at the RCMP station that 80 per cent of men share a birthdate with a criminal (what are the possibilities of that?) and that, thus far, only two criminals have been found out of 14,000 men who have had to submit to this finger printing.

I would love to hear back from other men who have gone through this process, find out how they felt being finger printed. And I would also hope that perhaps a lawyer reading this letter might take the time to respond.

Futhermore, I am wondering if this isn’t simply another cash grab.

Linda MacGillivray,

Kelowna

 

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