Washington State DOC not getting information to the public regarding inmates released early

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DOC Secretary Dan Pacholke

DOC Secretary Dan Pacholke

Last December I told you about how the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) had accidentally released approximately 3,200 inmates from their prison system due to a “sentencing computation issue”. This “computation issue” occurred over a 13 year period.
It was disclosed a week later that one of those prisoners accidentally released early had been charged with killing his girlfriend in a car crash when he should have been behind bars.
Then another week later it was disclosed that another prisoner mistakenly released three months early had been charged with shooting and killing a teenager. The perp committed that crime less than two weeks after early release.
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee

Now, a month after the initial story came to light, the Seattle Times reports that the DOC has failed to disclose essential information that would allow the public to check its work in trying to fix those errors. The department has not fulfilled ongoing requests by The Seattle Times and others to fully disclose records for up to 3,200 prisoners the agency estimates may have been released early by mistake.
Guess what the DOC can’t even do? Specify when prisoners were to be released along with their actual release date — even for cases officials say have been cleared.
Without those dates, it is impossible for victims’ families, the media or anyone who might be interested to check whether the DOC has wrongly cleared cases in which an inmate has committed a crime while he or she still should have been in prison.
And guess what the DOC’s excuse is? “It’s not intentional; it’s more unintentional,” said DOC spokesman Jeremy Barclay. “It just takes a little bit more time to populate those (data) fields and get them posted so that you and everybody can see them on the website.”
That’s there excuse? Seems to me it would take a hot minute to enter a date in a computer and hit “update”, “refresh”, or whatever is necessary to update information. But that’s just me. Government always has to make everything as complicated as possible. Including determining accountability.
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0 responses to “Washington State DOC not getting information to the public regarding inmates released early

  1. What a pittiful story! Washington State officials so incompetent that they cannot adequately operate a computer . . . if this is so–then you go back to the manual method of calculation.
    In high school, I took “10-keying,” I am so incredibly fast on a 10-key (which would equate to the numbers pad on a computer) after years and years of manually adding this and that, before the we say computers in the workplace in about 1980.) You cannot tell me that IF the State of Washington had employees who had adequate, up-to-date computer skills–they would for sure be able to “input the necessary fields” in order to calculate these release dates correctly. In fact since there has been a hue and cry over this matter, I would think that the powers that be would order over-time, and bring in skilled temporary workers, until such time as they had cleaned up this 13 year old fiasco. The governor of the State of Washington, needs to be kicking butt, big time, as he evidently has people in power positions who are spending they time in la-la land. If he cannot get his employees to rectify the situation–then send them home with a pink slip!
    Great job DCG, in keeping us up to date on this hot mess in Washington State!

  2. What a mess and what unnecessary danger they are putting the people in Washington into. They need a complete clean out from the top down.
    I would bet less than 10 per cent even know this is happening.

  3. The DOC Secretary resigned today, after working there for 33 years. “Pacholke said in his resignation letter that he hoped that his resignation would satisfy “the politicians who would use this tragic event for their political purposes.In his letter, Pacholke again apologized for “the tragic consequences” as a result of those errors.”

    • So did Pacholke resign because of (a) politicians’ witch-hunt; or (b) “the tragic consequences” as a result of “those errors”? Whose errors? (He can’t even admit “those” are his errors!)
      If it’s (a), then why did he apologize for (b)? If it’s (b), then it isn’t (a), i.e., his resignation has nothing to do with politicians’ witch-hunt.
      Which is it, Pacholke? – he who talks out of both sides of his mouth.


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