It’s funny how technology has often been exploited by many third-parties. Sometimes we end up forgetting that computers can also glitch and make some unintended mistakes. This example actually kept an inmate in prison for a longer sentence than expected. This happened after a glitch in the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections (LMDC) computer system happened.
The inmate in question is a Kentucky resident with the name of David Reyes. The man was arrested on October 2015 for charges of Sexual Misconduct, Unlawful Imprisonment and Assault charges.
When Reyes pleaded guilty, he received a sentence of nearly one year as part of his plea agreement. Reyes was supposed to be released by September 25, 2016, but was only set free on February 13, 2017, after his family hired a lawyer who filed a grievance a judge.
So, what happened? According to an LMDC internal audit obtained by Louisville news outlets, a glitch prevented the IT system from saving Reyes’ new release date to the prison’s database. In other words, his renewed sentence didn’t get scheduled properly.
There is also a layer of human error involved in this incident as well. Prison supervisors sent a notification that the system was not saving information correctly, telling data entry operators to double-check the data they entered in the system. Of course, considering Reyes’ current situation, this didn’t happen.
Once Reyes was released, the man was soon taken to US Immigration, Custom, and Enforcement Officers (ICE). It turns out that David Reyes was an illegal immigrant from the land of Mexico.
It’s speculated by Reyes that the prison officials did this on purpose. He claims that prison officials kept him incarcerated over his approved release date so they could hand him over to ICE officials.
This case isn’t an isolated incident either, as two former inmates have signed lawsuits against the LMDC. They are alleging that they and probably hundreds of others were unlawfully being held by corrections officials under the same mistake.