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Prisoner mistakenly released early, it complains about re-arrest

SEATTLE – A man who was released early from a Washington state prison because of a software glitch is suing the Department of Corrections, saying his re-arrest three years later to serve the remaining time was illegal.

Orlando Wright was released in 2012, 76 days early from his eight years for the robbery. He was one of the more than 3,000 prisoners were released prematurely by the coding error, which lasted from 2002 to 2015.

When the problem became public, Corrections officials re-arrested some of the offenders released early. Among them was Wright, who then says that he had a job, housing and a baby, in addition to be enrolled in a technical school.

Wright’s federal lawsuit, filed on March 16, says the arrest was made without a fair process and upended his life, ruining everything he had built.

The ministry declined to comment.

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