- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Department of Corrections says it has cleared a backlog of convicted sex offenders waiting for a class to be eligible for parole.

Department spokesman Chris Gautz tells the Lansing State Journal (https://on.lsj.com/1PTe5Gu ) that as of last summer 270 prisoners had passed their earliest-possible release date without being offered a class they were required to take to be eligible for parole.

The newspaper says, however, that the backlog was cleared as of the end of March after the department paid Corrections psychologists and other employees overtime to catch up on the roughly six-month courses.

Gautz says the Department of Corrections is examining staffing levels to see whether any new employees are needed to prevent future backlogs, but no decisions had been made.

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Information from: Lansing State Journal, https://www.lansingstatejournal.com

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