- Associated Press - Monday, March 23, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon authorities say the computer glitch that caused thousands of reports on prison inmates’ release to be sent out erroneously to crime victims has been fixed.

Spokeswoman Betty Bernt says the victim notification system known as VINE will likely work again by Tuesday.

The Corrections Department suspended the system on Friday after more than 8,700 incorrect notices went out to victims and their families. One alert wrongfully said that a prisoner convicted of killing two schoolgirls in Oregon City had been discharged.

Officials said the glitch was caused by routine database maintenance. All who received the reports were alerted twice that they were false. The notifications that were erroneously sent out pertained to 1,891 inmates.

VINE is used in 47 states, but the glitch was limited to Oregon.


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