New $ 4.5 million computer case tracking program installed for Alameda County court system causes chaos for defendants
ALAMEDA COUNTY (KRON) – A new computer program installed for the Alameda County court system to track cases is wreaking havoc on many defendants.
Since the $ 4.5 million software was installed this summer, a number of people have said they have been arrested on warrants that should have been cleared, or have said they have been detained longer than they are supposed to. were meant to be.
In addition, some felonies have turned into crimes on some people’s rap sheets.
On Tuesday, the public defender appeared before a judge to argue a motion asking the courts to either fix the problem or revert to the old system.
This same judge also heard arguments from the district attorney’s office, which in rare cases sided with the public defender.
The public defender says he knows more than 50 people who have reported problems, but he fears it is a much more widespread problem.
“I guess we’re talking about hundreds and hundreds because we only produce what we catch, so if their client is detained two more days and doesn’t tell anyone, it just goes away and we don’t know,” Alameda County Public Defender Brendon Woods said. “One client is held back another week, we might not know that. These are the clients who are actually smart enough to call us up and say: “Hey, I’m being held up longer than I should be,” and we’re taking these clients out. “
The court’s executive officer says the problem is that the old system is outdated and no longer supported.
He thinks they might need a completely different system, but isn’t sure where they’ll find the money to replace it.
Tyler Technologies, the company that makes the software, says the same computer system is being used successfully in many different courts across the country.
They say they are determined to work with Alameda County to analyze the situation.
The judge who heard the public defender’s request is expected to render a ruling on the matter next week.