Mistakes prematurely free 20 inmates each year

Bureaucratic bungling means about twenty inmates in Quebec jails prematurely walk free each year.

Documents obtained by La Presse through Access to Information show that sometimes the error is a simple miscalculation of a sentence that shaves a few days off an inmate's jail time.

But in some circumstances, the error is much more serious and often times happens due to poor communication when an inmate is being held in connection with more than one case.

The Public Security Ministry insists, however, that the consequences of premature release are very rarely grave.

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