Nebraska releases hundreds of inmates by mistake, now wants them back


B00Mer
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Nebraska releases hundreds of inmates by mistake, now wants them back



Authorities in Nebraska have mistakenly freed hundreds of prisoners over several years due to correction officials miscalculating their sentences. Law enforcement is now looking to put dozens of them behind bars again.

All in all, 306 inmates were freed erroneously, a situation first exposed by local media outlet Omaha World-Herald. 257 of them won’t be pursued, on condition that they don’t commit any offenses - because they would have completed their sentences by now. Three others died since they were let go, and five have successfully completed their parole.

On top of that, 567 inmates, who weren’t released, received incorrect sentences, AP reported.

"Obviously, there was a mistake made. The individuals who made those mistakes are going to be held accountable. <…> There's no way this should have occurred," Governor Dave Heineman stated on Friday.

Michael Kenney, who was appointed director of the Department of Correctional Services in September, has already declared that his agency takes full responsibility for the error. He added that his people are "scrambling" to correct the prison sentences, refusing to say if the miscalculation was accidental, or prison officials simply ignored the message from Nebraska’s attorney in the first place.

The mistake, as reported by Omaha World-Herald, is that the Department of Correctional Services failed to observe two Nebraska Supreme Court rulings that indicate the correct way to calculate prison sentences.

Inmates who get a mandatory minimum sentence first have to complete that term before starting to earn so-called “good time” credit, which can cut their remaining term in half.

An example is inmate Marvin Buggs, who was sentenced to 30 years behind bars for manslaughter and wasn’t released.

However, his sentence was still miscalculated.

The mandatory minimum in his case would be 10 years before the start of “good time” – which means he would serve 20 years before becoming eligible for parole. Instead, he was allowed to start his “good time” period right away, and would have been released in 15 years.

An unknown number of prisoners were re-incarcerated on Thursday, and state officials refused to identify them for safety concerns. 20 to 25 arrest warrants were issued in eight counties in Nebraska. Some of the former prisoners would qualify for furlough programs – temporary release from custody – and one is being paroled.

The prisoners have one to four years remaining in their sentences, AP reported, citing Attorney General Jon Bruning.

Many of the inmates are habitual prisoners, and some of them are considered dangerous, Bruning added.

source: http://rt.com/usa/169080-nebraska-in...ampaign=chrome
 
Sal
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oooooooooooooooh my god... oopsie

IF someone is killed because of this error, god help them if they get sued by the family
 
gopher
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Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

oooooooooooooooh my god... oopsie

IF someone is killed because of this error, god help them if they get sued by the family



Very good point.

Another thing to consider is, what of those who were prematurely released but who through work and good conduct have been rehabilitated --- should they be returned to prison? That could cause irreparable damage and negate years of rehabilitation and the enormous cost it took to correct them.
 
damngrumpy
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gopher you raise the best question of all should the people rearresting them be
making the judgement on who should and should not be incarcerated. Remember
they showed poor judgement and incompetence in the first place.
God what a mess. Surprising though is we didn't hear of any of them committing
serious crimes and it being traced back to they shouldn't be out in the first place
Kept that quiet eh?
 
Walter
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When gubmint is in charge lots of things go wrong. It's like Murphy's Law times 2.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by WalterView Post

When gubmint is in charge lots of things go wrong. It's like Murphy's Law times 2.

Private industry never makes mistakes. Why, just look at the unblemished record of car companies!
 
Walter
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Quote: Originally Posted by TecumsehsbonesView Post

Private industry never makes mistakes. Why, just look at the unblemished record of car companies!

You think private industry never makes mistakes; you're daft.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by WalterView Post

You think private industry never makes mistakes; you're daft.

So. . . you mean when gubmint ISN'T in charge, things go wrong too?

Weird, enit?
 
Walter
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Any time humans do things mistakes happen; any time gubmints do things mistakes happen much more often.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by WalterView Post

Any time humans do things mistakes happen; any time gubmints do things mistakes happen much more often.

Do you have a source for that, or is it just your emotion-driven opinion?

And by "source" I mean some sort of study or survey comparing levels of error in government and private sector organisations of comparable size, not an endless string of anti-government anecdotes.
 
Twila
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Quote: Originally Posted by WalterView Post

Any time humans do things mistakes happen; any time gubmints do things mistakes happen much more often.

Then we should definately get humans to run the gov't so that fewer mistakes happen then. Less is better then more...
 
Nuggler
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Premature discharge ?
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by WalterView Post

Any time humans do things mistakes happen; any time gubmints do things mistakes happen much more often.


Would that have sumpin to do with the Gubmint being comprised of the stupidest humans? -
 
WLDB
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Quote: Originally Posted by JLMView Post

Would that have sumpin to do with the Gubmint being comprised of the stupidest humans? -

Id argue the stupidest humans are the ones who either put the stupid humans in office, or let them hold that office.
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by WalterView Post

You think private industry never makes mistakes; you're daft.




I think you missed a little "tongue in cheek" there Walter!
 
Walter
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Quote: Originally Posted by JLMView Post

I think you missed a little "tongue in cheek" there Walter!

No, you missed it.
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by WalterView Post

No, you missed it.


That's a relief! -
 
shadowshiv
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Quote: Originally Posted by gopherView Post

Very good point.

Another thing to consider is, what of those who were prematurely released but who through work and good conduct have been rehabilitated --- should they be returned to prison? That could cause irreparable damage and negate years of rehabilitation and the enormous cost it took to correct them.

Maybe it will be done by a case-by-case basis? Remember the story a while back about the man who did a robbery quite a few years ago, and was only recently found to have not served his sentence due to an error? He was not sent back to prison as it was found that he had actually rehabilitated himself successfully and that going back to prison would do more harm than good.
 
Cliffy
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Um, politicians didn't make the mistakes. Civil servants did. The electorate have no say in who is hired. Politicians are not stupid. They are the ones bleeding you dry so they and their corporate master can get richer at your expense. Governments are running a gigolo service - you pay them so they can screw you.
 
Serryah
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Quote: Originally Posted by NugglerView Post

Premature discharge ?

 
Tonington
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Quote: Originally Posted by WalterView Post

Any time humans do things mistakes happen; any time gubmints do things mistakes happen much more often.

Have you read much about the difference between state run and third party operated prisons?
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by ToningtonView Post

Have you read much about the difference between state run and third party operated prisons?

The private prisons are way more efficient, for values of efficient = makes a lot of money for the contractor.
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by TecumsehsbonesView Post

The private prisons are way more efficient, for values of efficient = makes a lot of money for the contractor.


Some people think that people shouldn't be making money off the miseries of prisoners.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by JLMView Post

Some people think that people shouldn't be making money off the miseries of prisoners.

Yeah, wimps, commies, and the Lesbian Feminist Guerrilla Alliance.
 
Tonington
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Quote: Originally Posted by TecumsehsbonesView Post

The private prisons are way more efficient, for values of efficient = makes a lot of money for the contractor.

Yes, but for mistakes like Walter was talking about...seems apt to compare private prisons to gubermint ones. Like the prevalence of assaults on COs. Surely even Walter knows when all that matters is the bottom line, other things tend to slip.
 

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