FedScoop: The Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Sentry inmate management system is old. We’re talking “COBOL and a mainframe” old.
Sentry is described as a database that stores “sensitive but unclassified” information about the approximately 183,000 offenders in the bureau’s custody. This, according to a 2012 report on the system’s privacy impact, includes basic identifying data like name, date of birth and Social Security number as well as information on each inmate’s sentence, charges, prison behavior and much more. According to a Department of Justice inspector general report from 2003, the database was first deployed in 1978.