Justice for Teen Allegedly Murdered by One of Thousands of Convicts Freed Early

Target: King County, Seattle Washington Prosecuting Attorney Daniel Satterberg

Goal: Hold attorney general responsible for his role in murders allegedly linked to thousands of prisoners who were freed early based on his advice.

Around 3, 200 prisoners were reportedly released early thanks to a software error that allegedly “miscalculated sentences.” Most of the freed prisoners won’t even have to go back to finish their time. This error was reportedly known about by the staff, but never fixed, and may have cost two lives so far as convicts were mistakenly released before they were supposed to be.

One convict released by mistake, Jerimiah Smith–convicted of assault, robbery, and burglary–allegedly murdered a 17-year-old less than two weeks after being released. Spokane authorities say the convict gunned the teenager down at a tattoo parlor and was charged with first degree murder, burglary, and other charges.

These prisoners are too big of a risk to society for the staff to carelessly keep relying on a known faulty software. According to documents released by the Department of Corrections, they were told it wasn’t necessary to “manually recalculate prisoners’ sentences after the software error was brought to light.” If it weren’t for the attorney general’s office advising the Department of Corrections that they could rely on this software to calculate proper sentencing, this poor girl might still be alive. The Department of Corrections secretary says he’s concerned and expects there will be more crimes due to this early release mistake.

The attorney general’s office should be held responsible for the tragic, deadly advice that ultimately lead to this error and the other crimes committed by prisoners released early. It was risky and negligent not to require the sentences to be checked before the inmate was released. Demand that the attorney general’s office be held responsible for the deaths and crimes committed by the prisoners.


Dear Prosecuting Attorney Satterberg,

A violent convict–who’s one of thousands reportedly released early from prison due to a known mistake in software–was charged in the murder of a teenager. This is just one case where a death has been linked to the mistake that let these prisoners out early. The Department of Corrections say they were advised by the attorney general’s office that it wasn’t necessary to manually calculate the sentences of prisoners even after the error was known about, allowing them to rely completely on faulty software that’s cost two lives already.

This advice shows negligence and dangerous risk-taking by the attorney general’s office. The teenager allegedly gunned down by an early-release convict deserves justice. Please hold the attorney general’s office responsible for their major role in the deaths and crimes that ensue from his advice.


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Photo credit: Edward Corpuz

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