After Mistaken Releases, Washington Returning Inmates To Prison


Washington state is returning some ex-offenders to prison after they were mistakenly released early because of a software error that affected 3,200 inmates since 2002, the Seattle Times reports. Officers showed up at David Jennings' home Sunday. Jennings, 33, served a decade in prison in connection with a drive-by shooting. He had been free since July. Even though he's reconnected with his family and two children and has been working hard and saving money while living with his parents, he was told he'd have to surrender last night to go back to prison until March.

He has been working at a restaurant since he got out on work release early this year. A manager there described him as “great” and “really positive.” The job helped fill his bank account with the savings needed so he could pursue his dream of starting a tattoo business and art gallery. “It's going to be really, really tough, like starting out with nothing again,” he said. “But I guess I did it once, I could do it again.”

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