- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Corrections officials say at least 27 prisoners mistakenly released early due to a software coding error committed crimes when they should have still been in prison.

During a conference call with reporters Friday, Corrections Secretary Dan Pacholke said that of that number, eight committed felonies and 19 committed misdemeanors. Those numbers reflect a review of prisoners released early between December 2011 and December 2015.

Officials have said that as many as 3,200 offenders have been wrongly released early since 2002. So far, they’ve apprehended 77 people who need to serve additional time, but another 103 former prisoners need to be returned to custody.

Two retired federal prosecutors have been appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to investigate the how the error occurred and why it wasn’t fixed sooner.

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