Thousands Of Washington Inmates Released Early Due To Glitch
A glitch in accounting for "good time" may have caused thousands of prisoners to be released early. The bug has been active since 2002.By Grant Suneson | December 22, 2015
Over the past 13 years, thousands of Washington inmates have been getting out of prison earlier than they should.
State officials said up to 3,200 convicts walked out early because of systematic errors in calculating good behavior or "good time" credits.
The problem started in 2002 when officials were ordered by the state Supreme Court to apply "good time" credits earned in county jail to state prison sentences. But a computer program over-credited many of the convicts.