Airports near Dallas are now required to have inmate booking databases
Posted by Mike Mears on Thursday, December 14, 2019 08:37:18 A federal judge on Thursday ordered a pilot program to be implemented at the Dallas County Jail to track the whereabouts of inmates who have been booked into the county jail.
Inmates who are arrested for non-violent crimes will be tracked in a database, as well as information about their bail amounts and other details.
It is expected to take several months to implement the program, which is being supervised by the Department of Homeland Security.
The program has been on hold since January, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the practice violates the Fourth Amendment’s ban on unreasonable searches and seizures.
The order came after a federal judge blocked the jail from using the system to track inmates who had been booked.
A trial on the case is scheduled to begin in March.
“This is a key step toward addressing the critical issue of ensuring the safety of jail inmates and their families,” said Justice Department spokeswoman Catherine White.
“We are confident that this pilot program will provide a cost-effective way for the County to track inmate booking records, as we have done for years at other large facilities across the country.”
The pilot program is being overseen by the U,S.
Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General.
The jail has been using a database to track criminal defendants since 2010, but the program is not currently being used by any other jail.
The county has been under a court order to keep the database confidential, but Sheriff David Brown has refused to comply, arguing that the information is protected by the First Amendment.
The government says the database will help with inmate tracking.
“The Sheriff has a duty to provide the public with the fullest possible information about all of his deputies, but that is not an excuse for refusing to comply with the court order,” said the DHS Office of Inspector General in a statement.