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Facial Recognition Technology Sends Chicago Thief to Prison

A Chicago man, who last year became the first person arrested by Chicago police due to the use of facial recognition technology, has been sentenced this week to 22 years in prison, according to a report by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Pierre D. Martin, 35, was found guilty by a judge last month of a February 2013 robbery that took place on a Chicago Transit Authority train, and then pleaded guilty to a January 2013 robbery that occurred on a train platform.

CTA surveillance cameras captured images of the suspect and then using facial recognition technology, investigators were able to compare those images against 4.5 million mug shots, which included Martin’s own mugshot. Witnesses then successfully identified Martin in photo lineups.

“This case is a great example that these high-tech tools are helping to enhance identification and lead us to defendants that might otherwise evade capture,” Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said in a statement.

The Chicago Police Department uses NeoFace facial recognition technology which the department was able to purchase with a $5.4 million federal grant.

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