Early release error sets prisoners free

NC_earlyrelease1223_700x394Wash. — (KING) Nearly 3,200 incarcerated criminals have been released early from Washington state prisons since 2002 due to a computer error that incorrectly calculated credit for “good time” served.

Some of those who were released early will be required to return to finish their sentences either in prison or on work release, but some will be given credit for time in the community.

Governor Jay Inslee said he has directed the state to work with local law enforcement to identify those people who need to be returned.

According to the Department of Corrections, seven individuals have been identified. Five of them have already been returned to incarceration.

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