A high percentage of the major fugitives sought by U.S. marshals in the Washington, D.C., region had been in the hands of authorities only to slip away through cracks in the legal system or questionable judicial decisions, reports the Washington Examiner. Of the criminals designated “Most Wanted” by the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, more than 70 percent had been released from custody for various reasons, requiring marshals' deputies to track them down again. Some presented a clear danger to area residents.
Two-time convicted killer Darryl Hazel was two months out of prison when he was arrested on drug charges, released on his own recognizance and went into hiding. After Virgilio Nunez was charged with 15 counts of child sex abuse involving multiple children, the El Salvador native was allowed to post $10,000 bail. He remains on the loose. William Chambliss, a criminologist at American University, said criminal justice system is not necessarily rational, organized, and precisely managed. “It’s fundamentally flawed,” Chambliss said. “It’s impossible to create a large bureaucracy that is not going to make a lot of stupid mistakes.