A new development in the on-going computer problems at the Shelby County Courthouse. A second lawsuit was filed on behalf of ten people who claimed they got stuck in the jail an extended and unlawful period following a major computer transition back in November.
While the first lawsuit was filed in Federal Court, this lawsuit was filed in Tennessee State Court.
However, both lawsuits make similar claims regarding how people were treated in the Shelby County Jail.
The most recently filed lawsuit calls, Shelby county’s management of the jail’s computer transition an abject failure.
Here are just a few examples from the lawsuit. In one case a man was arrested on a simple driving related charge and was told he couldn’t get a bond set because of the computer issues.
In another instance, a woman who was arrested didn’t show up in the computer system as even being at the jail for almost a day and a half.
One more example, after one man was arrested it took four days after a judge set a bond for the bond to even appear in the computer system.
The result, the man family, couldn’t post bond for him to be released in connection with a domestic disturbance and he sat in jail four additional days.
The lawsuit claims Shelby County didn’t meet the standard of care in regards to managing the jail and it resulted in plaintiff’s suffering physical and emotional injuries.
The lawsuit is asking a judge to turn this into a class action lawsuit and estimates as many as 500 people may have been affected. The lawsuit is asking for 10 million dollars. A spokesperson for Shelby County says while they are aware of the lawsuit they don’t comment on pending legal matters.
The case goes to court January 12th