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Monday, December 26, 2016

Courts - "Calif. court officials blame software for wrongful arrests, other legal mishaps"

That is the headline to this Dec. 20th Washington Post story reported by Karen Turner. It begins:

Wrongful arrests, delayed prison releases and other legal mishaps have been caused by inaccurate records processed by a new court management software system installed in Alameda County, Calif., court officials say.

It has gotten so bad that the public defender's office filed a motion last month for the county court to immediately fix the problems caused by the county court's software system, called Odyssey Case Manager, or scrap the system completely. A total of 26 separate incidents were documented in the motion, though Public Defender Brendon Woods stressed that this was “just the tip of the iceberg” in terms of the number of people affected.

“People’s lives are being drastically changed. This is something that needs to be fixed immediately and not later,” Woods said to The Washington Post.

Odyssey manages a court's logistics, keeping track of people who have entered the legal system and the status of their cases. It's employed across 600 counties in 21 different states [ILB: including Indiana], serving an estimated one-third of all courts in the country, according to the company behind the software, Tyler Technologies.

The story cites this Indianapolis Star story from Dec. 22, 2014. However, as the ILB wrote in this Dec. 2, 2016 post (quoting a similar story from ArsTechnica), "there is no mention of a software issue in the Marion County, Indiana complaint."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 26, 2016 11:26 AM
Posted to Courts in general