- Associated Press - Sunday, October 26, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska prison officials have found more sentencing errors during a review spurred by past problems with the way sentences were calculated.

Prison officials said Saturday that the sentences of 425 people in prison and 80 more on parole have been extended.

The latest errors involve inmates who improperly received credit for good time that shortened their sentences after their parole had been revoked.

Prisons Director Mike Kenney said the cases of another 800 inmates are being reviewed for similar problems.

“In a continued effort to be fully transparent, I wanted to take the opportunity to update the public on the progress made toward system improvement at the Department of Correctional Services,” Kenney said.

The Department of Correctional Services and state Attorney General’s office have been reviewing sentences since the Omaha World-Herald reported earlier this year on errors in roughly 700 sentences that led to some inmates being let out of prison early.

The most recent errors relate to inmates who were allowed to keep the good time credit they earned on parole even though their parole was later revoked.

Typically, inmates on parole have their sentences reduced by 10 days for every month of good conduct. The Attorney General’s office determined that those credits only reduce the length of parole, not the length of an inmate’s sentence if they are returned to prison.

Kenney said the erroneous sentences have been adjusted to add between 1 day and six months.

No inmates have been returned to prison because of the latest errors. It’s possible some inmates could own more time in prison, department spokesman James Foster said, but that’s less likely than with the earlier errors involving mandatory minimum sentences.

A special Legislative committee, an outside Lincoln law firm and the federal Department of Justice have been investigating the sentencing problems at the Department of Correctional Services since they came to light this summer.

Several current and former employees of the department have been blamed in those investigations for the errors. Two attorneys for the department, George Green and Sharon Lindgren, retired this summer instead of being fired.

Records administrator Kyle Poppert was suspended without pay for two weeks and underwent additional training. Kenney said Friday Poppert’s performance is still being reviewed.

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