Computer gives 186 inmates extra bucks

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Doglips, Oct 13, 2002.

  1. Doglips

    Doglips Guest

    I guess bookeeping is also a problem in Florida..oh well at least the inmates did not vote :)

    Computer gives 186 inmates extra bucks

    By Meg Laughlin | Knight Ridder Newspapers
    Posted October 13, 2002

    MIAMI -- In a big time error at three of Florida's hard-line prisons, a computer blunder put hundreds of thousands of dollars into the canteen accounts of 186 inmates.

    The mistake went undetected for at least 10 months -- while assorted convicts ordered Marlboros, peanut M&Ms, vending machine cheeseburgers, tennis shoes, radios, cookies, chewing tobacco, even televisions.

    Now the party is over. The inmates are not happy about it, and the Florida Department of Corrections is embarrassed.

    The spending spree had something to do with "problems with the mainframe and software and local systems," Department of Corrections spokesman Sterling Ivey said.

    It started in January 2000, when the inmate banking system went awry. The result: Inmates erroneously got $100 to $200 a month -- enough for photo albums galore, greeting cards, dictionaries, chili dogs, ice cream, chicken soup, and red faces for prison officials.

    All this occurred at Florida State Prison at Starke, Union Correctional Institution at Raiford and Martin Correctional Institution at Indiantown, the state's toughest prisons.

    In the land of clanking metal doors and razor wire, spirits lifted and moods improved. Then, it ended as quickly as it started.

    Forty-one inmates complained that money from their families was disappearing. When the Department of Corrections checked it out, it discovered the inmate banking system was a mess. It was both taking and giving by mistake.

    In August, the state began returning money to the 41 so-called "innocent" inmates and began taking money from the 186 so-called "guilty" inmates.

    Now, inmates who got the big break have no money. No more snuff. No more shaving gel. No more Honey Buns.

    "We've replaced $20,000, so far," said Ivey. "We've got a long way to go."

    Copyright © 2002, Orlando Sentinel
  2. Chris

    Chris G&G Evangelist Staff Member Forum Contributor


    I knew florida ppl could never count LOL!!! JP


    NRAJOE YOU TALKIN' TO ME!? Forum Contributor

    The only time crime payed? For awhile at least.
  4. Big Dog

    Big Dog Retired IT Dinosaur Wrangler Forum Contributor

    Dang, I'm in the wrong business! Or at least on the wrong side of the computer. :p

    Now, if they had an indoor range for the inmates . . . :rolleyes: