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OLYMPIA - The head of Washington’s prison system offered no excuses Wednesday for an error that allowed thousands of inmates to be released early over a 13-year period.

The state claims a computer glitch is to blame for 3,200 offenders serving shortened sentences between 2002 and 2015.

In an interview on “Q13 Fox News This Morning,” DOC Secretary Dan Pacholke apologized for the error, and said those released early likely include violent criminals.

"It's an unforgivable error," Pacholke said. "I certainly appreciate their feelings and understanding that, I would certainly offer an apology.

"... We're going to fix it, and it will never happen again."

The DOC is holding a conference call at 11am Thursday to update reporters.


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