The criminal justice system is becoming more and more dependent on computers and software. Police and corrections use computers to: assess risk, identify suspects, determine age, locations, determine gunshots and many more pieces of evidence. At the root of all of this technology is source code or the actual computer programs.
This NY Times article highlights some of the growing issues. As a defense lawyer I have sought source code for DNA tests, breath tests and blood tests. It is important to have the source code to effectively understand the programs and evidence being used. I have a history of challenging the use of science and computer programs in the court.