LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska’s corrections department is launching new software that will calculate prisoner sentences automatically, reducing the risk of errors that could lead to an inmate getting released too early.
Department of Correctional Services Director Scott Frakes says employees will start using the software on Saturday and praised the technology as a way to improve accuracy and efficiency.
Frakes says he’s confident the software will help the department avoid the widespread sentencing errors under previous administrations, which resulted in hundreds of inmates not completing their full court-ordered sentences.
The new system can be adjusted to account for new court rulings and legislation that changes how sentences should be calculated. It’s the latest in a series of steps Frakes has taken to improve how the department operates.