Republican senators are not happy with the way top managers at the Department of Corrections have answered questions concerning the recent prisoner release scandal. Reportedly, DOC officials knew for over three years that it was mistakenly releasing thousands of inmates early, in violation of the law, but didn’t fix the problem.
Department of Corrections Secretary Dan Pacholke has now been summoned three times to testify at a joint Senate hearing. Senators continue to ask pointed questions as to how the early prisoner release could happen and why the department waited so long to act. KOMO News outlines the questions that have yet to be accurately answered,
“It is an issue that has had the governor and his newly appointed corrections secretary on the defensive. How could the department release 3,200 inmates too early over a 13-year period? And why wasn’t the computer error fixed in 2012 when it was discovered? Two lives were lost in cases that are connected to inmates who should have still been in prison.”
Pacholke answered the line of questioning by stating, “I don’t know the answers to those questions.”
Of course, that has only further sparked senators’ frustrations. They vow to continue their investigation.