Over 3000 prisoners get out early due to software glitch in Washington

Over 3000 prisoners get out early due to software glitch in Washington

Over 3000 prisoners get out early due to software glitch in Washington

Written by Staff Writer

23 Dec, 2015 | 3:57 pm

Releases of 3,200 prisoners was halted by Washington governor Jay Inslee due to a programming error.

The error dates back to 2002, when the Washington Supreme Court ordered the Department of Corrections (DOC) to apply “good time” credit, such as participation in rehabilitation programs, earned in county prisons to state sentences.

For more than a decade, the DOC’s system has been over-crediting some inmates and releasing them before their sentences were up.

The issue was initially discovered in 2012, but a fix was delayed numerous times which lead to the state’s new chief information officer to alert officials to the severity of the problem. The state puts the median amount of time a prisoner was released early at 49 days.

According to reports it is said that the previously incarcerated prisoners, authorities would force them to return to prison to finish their sentence or complete it through a work release program

The state plans on working with local law enforcement to determine who will be brought back, and King-5 News reports five inmates have already been returned to prison.

A software patch is scheduled to go out on January 7th. Meanwhile, Inslee says the state has hired two retired federal prosecutors to discover out how the problem persisted for so long.

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