Heineman, Bruning Announce Plans for Inmates Released Early in Major Calculation Mistake


State officials say around 20 to 25 people who were mistakenly released from prison before serving their mandatory minimum sentences will be returned to the corrections system.

Gov. Dave Heineman and Attorney General Jon Bruning gave an updated Friday on the handling of the hundreds of inmates released early after corrections officials miscalculated their sentences.

All mandatory minimum sentences imposed since 1995 -- when state law changed to reflect that so-called "good time" should not apply until those mandatory minimum sentences were served -- have been reviewed.

State officials say the Department of Correctional Services released 306 inmates early.

Of the 306 released early, 257 individuals have been back in the community longer than his or her recalculated release date. Those individuals will not be sent back to prison.

Another three inmates have died, and five were discharged successfully from parole.
Of the remaining individuals, some are already in the custody of the Department of Correctional Services, some qualify for the re-entry furlough program, one is in the process of being paroled, and 20-25 will be returned to the corrections system, Heineman and Bruning announced Friday.

An additional 567 current inmates have had their sentence recalculated in an effort to correct previous calculation errors.