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Lawmakers seek subpoena power to probe prison releases
By seattletimes.com- Joseph O’Sullivan
Published: 01/14/2016

OLYMPIA — Two lawmakers Wednesday night announced they would seek subpoena power to get records related to the state’s long-running, mistaken early release of prisoners.

GOP Sens. Mike Padden and Steven O’Ban said the Senate Law and Justice Committee planned an inquiry into the sentence-calculating error that state officials say released up to 3,200 inmates since 2002.

While state Department of Corrections (DOC) staff learned of the problem in 2012, an intended software fix was delayed 16 times and never made. It is finally being tested this week.

Gov. Jay Inslee and DOC Secretary Dan Pacholke say they learned of the problem in mid-December.

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