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May 23, 2019

Violent South Carolina inmates mistakenly released from prison early, admits Department of Corrections

March 16, 2019
The South Carolina Department of Corrections erroneously released inmates well before the end of their sentences, officials confirmed Friday. (iStockphoto)

For two years, South Carolina has been releasing dangerous criminals before the completion of their sentences.

That was the South Carolina Department of Corrections’ disturbing report, which confirmed that 10 prisoners were erroneously freed due to sentence-calculating errors, said spokeswoman Chrysti Shain on Friday.

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She mentioned a majority of the inmates were doing time for drug sentences that had been handed down between 2009 and 2017.

After learning of their errors, prison officials contacted courts for warrants to rearrest the jailbirds, said Shain.

“SCDC has done a systematic review of its practices and has enhanced the system to make sure these types of errors will not happen again,” she said.

Of the 10 released prematurely, four are still on the loose, Shain said. The Department of Corrections is working in conjunction with the South Carolina Court Administration to take steps to place them behind bars once again.

SCDC has taken no steps to notify the public of the inmates’ releases because the department was aware of their locations and was working through the court systems to find them. As a precaution, the department did contact the victims to notify them when the offenders had been set free, Shain said.

“If there were victims that would be potentially harmed because they were released, they should be notified,” said state Sen. Katrina Shealy, a member of South Carolina’s Senate Corrections and Penology Committee.

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