The power of computer software… or not!
At the end of 2015, the state of Washington announced that more than 3,000 inmates in Washington state had been released too early from their prison sentences. Since 2002, a computer software program had miscalculated good time credits, according to Governor Jay Inslee. At a press conference, the Governor noted, “That this problem was allowed to continue to exist for 13 years is deeply disappointing,” Inslee said. “It is totally unacceptable, and frankly it is maddening.”
The problem was discovered in 2012 after a victim’s family questioned the release date of an inmate. Finally at the end of January, the Department of Corrections announced that the computer glitch was fixed.
On average, prisoners were released 55 days too early. Many were allowed to remain out of prison on time served, based on a previous legal precedent that allows inmates released early to get sentencing credit for the time spent outside; Assuming they have had no further criminal charges.
Websites began listing the names of inmates who were released too early. Families of victims and victims are contemplating filing suit for emotion damages relating to these early releases. The names of the criminals released too early was publicly available… apparently from a working software program!
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