EL CENTRO â€“ The Imperial County Board of Supervisors accepted and awarded Connextrex with a contract in the amount of $378,041 for the purchase of software, for the automated system under the Judicial Court Grant as recommended by Sheriff-Corner Raymond Loera on December 22.
The Pretrial Services Unit provides a validated assessment tool, objective classification, case management information, automated reminder system, and the ability to capture and report statistics.
â€œThere are some cases that donâ€™t necessarily belong in custody if screened properly,â€ said Raymond Castillo, D-5 supervisor. â€œSome of these folks are let out and are being supervised by someone, however with a monitoring system in place this would change.â€
In April of 2015, the Superior Court of Imperial County in conjunction with the Imperial County Sheriffâ€™s Office submitted to the Judicial Council of California for a Recidivism Reduction Court Grant to purchase an automated system for the Pretrial Services Unit. Imperial County, through the Superior Court was awarded the $378,041 funding.
The County Sheriffâ€™s Office along with Superior Court staff formed a Selection Committee with representative from Probation, Public Defender, Superior Court and the Sheriffâ€™s Office to complete a Request for Proposal. In total, the County received four written RFP submittals from contractors which were subsequently reviewed and scored by the committee. The Office of Procurement Services oversaw the RFP review process, calculated the criteria scores and then scheduled demonstrations with the three highest scoring contractors. After the demonstrations were scored, the Selection Committee concluded that the best qualified contractor was Connectrex Corp. Connectrex met the requested criteria by including the necessary components in its proposal, thus making it the lowest cost proposal.