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152 prisoners released late due to staff error

Published:Wednesday | May 25, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Staff error resulted in 152 federal inmates being freed after their correct release dates between 2009 and 2014, including three who spent more than an extra year behind bars, according to a report released yesterday by the Justice Department watchdog.

The inspector general report counted a total of 4,340 Bureau of Prisons inmates who received "untimely" releases during those years.

Of those cases, 157 were classified by the BOP as due to "staff errors", such as employees who misapplied credit for time served, the report stated. Just five of those mistakes led to early releases; in the rest, inmates served more time than they should have, with one prisoner serving roughly three additional years.

"Late releases from prison deprive inmates of their liberty, while early releases can put communities at risk if the inmates are dangerous," the report said.