Published May 14, 2013
DENVER – A new audit finds that hundreds of Colorado inmates may be serving incorrect sentences due to clerical errors.
The review is still ongoing but has already led prison officials to warn judges that 281 people might have been given sentences that are incorrect. That includes some people who have already left prison and are either on parole or in halfway houses.
Prison officials say judges have already adjusted 56 different sentences.
Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered the audit after it was revealed that a man suspected of killing Colorado's prisons director was released four years early because his sentence was incorrectly recorded by the courts.
There are still more than 2,000 cases awaiting review in the audit.