How Philly spent $5 million and got … absolutely nothing

August 8, 2018

By Staff

The Philadelphia Department of Prisons is a city agency that confines 5,200 inmates, staffed by 2,300 workers on an annual $259 million budget. But the software employed to manage it all is a system called Lock and Track that’s been in use since the 1990s — and whose lone source for tech support is a one-man software contractor living on a ranch in Colorado.

Rick Evans, whose company LockWorks is based at his 35-acre property where he trains horses and gives riding lessons, has been the city’s go-to guy since 1995, soon after he and a former business partner developed the Lock and Track system.

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