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Computer glitches and early release of prisoners

Computer glitches and early release of prisoners

 

You have undoubtedly heard about human mistakes and blunders. There has been a lot of miss happening due to clerical mistakes. But have you any idea about computers making dire mistakes? It happened and caused a release of prisoners in a US correction Centre. An error led to the release of 3000 prisoners in Washington correction center Shelton, Wash. It happened since 2002.

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Computer glitches
Though it is a common notion that computer technology is foolproof and does not make errors, but there has been the case of computer glitches causing enormous losses. Sometimes banks send a massive amount to accounts by mistake, and sometimes there are hefty amounts deducted from the account holder.
The prison head has told that he has ordered an investigation and correction of errors that were discovered at state prisons. This problem is related to reasonable behavior concession credited to a prisoner’s sentence.
Good behavior concessions
According to prison authorities, the state Supreme Court gave a ruling to apply good-behavior concessions which a prisoner earns in county jail to state prison sentences. But due to programming, this credit was given unduly as an enhancement. So this happened.
There is a sentencing enhancement for some specific crimes such as firearm cases or offenses committed near schools. In such instances, the prisoner gets additional time for a sentencing enhancement. Their punishment cannot be reduced as good behavior credit.
According to Inslee, it is a severe issue. She termed it as disturbing and deeply disappointing. It was strange that this error was allowed to happen for 13 years without any modification and correction in computer systems. Is it not wondering?

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A long-lasting issue
According to the department of correction evaluation, three percent of total prisoners took advantage of this phenomenon. The prison authorities learned this mistake most recently. The early releases continued for many years mistakenly.
In 2012, the department of corrections was alerted. It was calculated by a victim’s family that the criminal was going to be released so early. After investigation initiated due to the complaint found the real issue.
Consequently, the agency, in consultation with attorneys, scheduled a fix. The computer software was to be rectified. But coding fix repeated lapsed for months. Governor office recently becomes aware of the glitches.
No complete record
Officials say there is no full detail of those prisoners who have credited this early release proper behavior credits wrongly. They are not sure whether they returned to crimes after freedom or not. There is no certainty about this
If the list is corrected and details are found, some prisoner will have to return to prisons of serving the remaining period. Now till the rectification and correction, the calculation of proper behavior credits will be done manually to avoid any further issue.
Investigation
Governor has ordered an independent and transparent investigation of the undue release of criminals. The inquiry will find why the coding problem lingered on for many years and how to fix it.
It is expected now the issue will get a logic end and authorities will fix it.