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It is important to the bureau to have complete information concerning
the ultimate disposition on each arrest fingerprint card. If the
disposition of a charge is known at the time the person is
fingerprinted, this fact should be indicated in the space provided on
the fingerprint card. For example, in the case of an individual who is
arrested, fingerprinted, and turned over to the county jail, this
disposition can be indicated on the fingerprint card which is
forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The fingerprint card
should not be held by the bureau pending final disposition of the

In those cases where the disposition is pending prosecutive or court
action, a separate 3- by 5-inch disposition file can be maintained. On
these cards information concerning the name, fingerprint number, race,
sex, charge, name of the arresting officers, and the fingerprint
classification should appear. These cards are filed in a
pending-disposition file. The 3- by 5-inch disposition cards are made
at the time the fingerprints of the person are taken. When the final
disposition is obtained it should be noted on the card. In those cases
where there is only one fingerprint card in the bureau, the
disposition can be noted on the name-index card or the reverse side of
the bureau's fingerprint card. In those cases where there is a
jacket-folder file for the individual this disposition card can then
be placed in the folder.

Disposition Sheets (No. R-84) can be obtained from the Federal
Bureau of Investigation for forwarding this information so that the
files of the FBI will have complete information concerning the
arrests. At the time the final disposition is obtained, these
disposition sheets can be completed and forwarded to the Federal
Bureau of Investigation.

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