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Washington Prisoner Released Early Charged in Fatal Accident

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington officials say that one of thousands of prisoners erroneously released due to a computer error is already back behind bars on charges of vehicular homicide.
    
In a news release Monday, officials with the Department of Corrections say that Robert Jackson was arrested and charged for a Nov. 11 accident that killed Lindsay Hill, a woman who was riding in the car with him. Jackson was released from prison on Aug. 10, 2015.  His correct release date should have been Dec. 6, 2015.

DOC Secretary Dan Pacholke offered his deepest condolences on Sunday afternoon to the family of Lindsay Hill "Nothing I can say will bring back Ms. Hill. I deeply regret that this happened,” Pacholke said. “On behalf of the Department of Corrections, I apologize.”

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement saying “Today’s news from DOC is absolutely gut-wrenching and heart-breaking. I spoke with Lindsay Hill’s family today and let them know that Washingtonians’ hearts are with them during these very difficult days."  

“There is nothing that can right this horrible wrong. We must make sure nothing like this happens again.”

As many as 3,200 offenders have being wrongly released early since 2002. Officials on Thursday indicated that three prisoners released since June had committed new crimes, but they downgraded that number to two Monday. Officials are still searching for another offender who committed crimes during the period he should have been incarcerated. They did not release that inmate's name.

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