Court records often wrong in Minnesota system

  • Article by: DAVID CHANEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 17, 2012 - 5:37 AM

Thousands of Minnesota offenders show up in a database with charges that weren't reduced or dropped.

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elmore1Feb. 16, 1210:56 PM

There is no such thing as a computer glitch or gremlins. This is a case of poor management (programming, testing, QA, etc) and inadequate controls. Time to outsource these services. Why should taxpayers put up with this stuff?

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furguson11Feb. 17, 12 6:53 AM

The court records should not be used for background checks for employment, housing, etc. even though they are available online. They are not case-based and not bio-metrically linked to individuals in a lot of cases because not all people who go to court are fingerprinted. The MN BCA criminal history is tied to individuals and fingerprints.

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furguson11Feb. 17, 12 6:56 AM

"elmore1-There is no such thing as a computer glitch or gremlins. This is a case of poor management (programming, testing, QA, etc) and inadequate controls. Time to outsource these services." Are you saying that we should outsource the court or the support services? The computer system was purchased from an outside vendor, Tyler Technologies. Their software is in courts across the country.

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privateeyeFeb. 17, 12 7:40 AM

A deeper check also will reveal if that careless driving case included a gun or drugs. Oftentimes this is pled down and the prospective landlord or emplyer has no idea from a review of online records. It is always best to personally review them instead of strictly relying on online information.

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ephrakerFeb. 17, 12 8:28 AM

The entire justice system in Minnesota is a joke and is incredibly lax in nearly any measurable standard when compared on a national level. Pleading down felony cases should be eliminated entirely.

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bobes7371Feb. 17, 12 8:30 AM

Here is a thought... How about the defendant's themselves being responsible for making sure that after their probation period is over they contact the court to make sure their file is noted correctly? It's always "let's blame the court system" that is already over-burdened and over-worked. Ridiculous.

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beebee82Feb. 17, 12 8:40 AM

The Minnesota courts systems have been starved to the bone in terms of funding for at least the past decade. It's no surprise problems like this arise when the system simply does not have enough staff or resources to properly audit its own data. Decriminalize marijuana and, in one fell swoop, we can free up about 40 percent of the courts' time and resources.

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motomanFeb. 17, 12 8:40 AM

"A computer glitch was to blame in most instances"*****When will people such as this judge stop blaming computers, and start accepting responsibility for the records they maintain?

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jimmyjames76Feb. 17, 12 8:50 AM

"Time to outsource these services. Why should taxpayers put up with this stuff?"...Court records management IT systems are already outsourced, so the programming, testing, and QA issues your talking about are the responsibility of the private firm that built and supports that system.

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teddygFeb. 17, 12 8:58 AM

That questionable traffic ticket you got? You know, the one where fine was reduced and conviction would go away if you maintained a clean driving record for a year. It didn't.

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