Christine Gregoire

Republicans blame Warner, Inslee for prisoner release error

A Washington state Republican Senate panel investigation casts blame at both Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee and former Department of Corrections Secretary Bernie Warner for a three-year delay in fixing an error that led to the early release of thousands of prisoners.

The report was released Wednesday, three months after Inslee released his own independent report conducted by two former federal prosecutors that found that a series of missteps within the agency and the lack of prioritization or follow up by several employees were to blame for the agency's failure to quickly fix the software programming error once it was brought to their attention. The error, which affected sentencing...