Computer Glitch Keeps Inmate in Prison for Five Extra Months

Posted by Megalith 9:30 AM (CST)

Tuesday November 14, 2017

A glitch in the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections (LMDC) computer system kept an inmate in prison for five extra months. Human error was also involved. Kentucky resident David Reyes was supposed to be released on September 25, 2016, but was only set free on February 13, 2017, after his family hired a lawyer who filed a grievance against a judge.

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. Human error also played a part. 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.