More than 3,000 Washington prisoners mistakenly freed early

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 24, 2015 3:49 p.m.

    Tens of thousands convicted prisoners have been released in the past couple years.

    Many criminals have crossed the borders into our country.

    What's the big deal of 3,000 Washington prisoners mistakenly freed?

    Disarming innocent Americans with gun control will fix everything.

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    Dec. 23, 2015 3:23 p.m.

    The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. Currently around 707 out of every 100 thousand citizens are in prison. Over the last 30 years we have seen a 500% increase in the number of those committed to prison. Overwhelmingly minorities and the poor are sent to prison at higher rates. Are minorities and the poor less honest? I do not believe so. Sentencing is arbitrary; some people spend less time in prison for murder than others serve for a burglary or drug dealing. Two people commit the same crime. One serves a year or two the other serves 15+ there is no proof that long term sentences are more effective than shorter sentences. Add to this the number of innocent people who have been cleared after DNA testing. To date the innocence project reports 334 people cleared through DNA, the average sentence served by those freed was 14 years. False identification, police misconduct, improper forensics, relying on informants are some of the most common causes. It is time to rethink our criminal justice system. The state of washington reports they let some prisoners go early, maybe they kept them locked up too long. Its all so arbitrary and random

  • Scorched Alkali, AZ
    Dec. 23, 2015 9:37 a.m.

    BYU Football may Rock but your comment is very depressing. Keeping in line with your apparent thinking maybe we should free ALL criminals. Why would we possibly want them to have a consequence for committing a crime?
    Let em' all go. They can have a free for all and inflict more of their heinous violence on the populace. Your ideology is frightening.

  • byufootballrocks Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 23, 2015 9:01 a.m.

    This mistake probably did zero harm and a great deal of good. Think of all the families reunited with their loved ones, the marriages saved, the lives that went forward, as apposed to the non-effectual, stultifying, no-purpose experience of jail or prison time.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Dec. 22, 2015 7:24 p.m.

    One of them wasn't the Sr. Powell, Steve, was it?