Two managers and a clerical worker for Michigan’s Department of Corrections have been suspended while officials investigate why they didn’t follow a policy that should have kept an accused murderer behind bars, reports the Detroit News. Corrections Director Patricia Caruso acknowledged her department should not have released Patrick Selepak on Jan. 10 and should have proceeded with a parole revocation hearing. She acknowledged the tragic consequences of the lapse. Before being charged with the slayings of a man and woman, Selepak was charged with domestic violence after choking and assaulting another woman in October. Parole officials Selepak sent back to prison on Nov. 8 but never completed the paperwork required to have his parole formally revoked.
Caruso said her department is reviewing how Selepak’s case slipped through the cracks. Gov. Jennifer Granholm demanded prison officials make any changes needed to avoid similar mistakes. “You have to have systems in place that prevent as much error as you possibly can,” Granholm said. “That was not done in this case. It is unacceptable.”