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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Friday, February 18, 2005

Mistaken Release of Prisoners

More mistaken releases; murder suspect in Louisiana, convicted murder in New Jersey, drug suspect in California; a fugitive in Alabama.  In Pennsylvania, 22 year old Brian McDonald was transferred from prison to an unlocked rehab center instead of 50 year old Dennis McDonald; Brian split.  The third story down is about a mistaken NON-release of someone in jail ordered discharged but detained anyway. Don't forget, if a prisoner is released by mistake before serving their full sentence, as in the case of Diana Ross, the prisoner is entitled to credit against their sentence. See Commonwealth v. West (Pa. Superior Ct. 2005). [Jack Chin]

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