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Child ID program offered

May 06, 2009

Parents can take their children to the gatehouse at the Maryland Correctional Training Center Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. to participate in the Maryland Masonic Child ID Program (MdCHIP), according to a Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services press release.

Families will leave with digital photographs, video, fingerprints, vital child information and an oral DNA swab. All but the DNA will be burned onto a compact disc that is compatible with the Amber Alert system should a child turn up missing, according to the release.

All identifications will be done in the visitor reception center, and all information collected about the children, once handed to the parents on their discs, will be deleted from the computer using state-of-the-art software, according to the release.

No one will have to enter the prison to participate; the entire process is done in the gatehouse, which is outside the main complex.

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Employees will have the chance to bring their own children for processing before the clinic opens to the public.

Hagerstown Masonic Lodge 84 is a sponsor of the initiative.

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