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More than 90 Queensland prisoners mistakenly released early, report finds

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A prisoner mistakenly released from jail more than two years early is among 91 Queensland inmates freed before their due date since 2004, the state’s auditor-general has found. The report, tabled on Tuesday, revealed “frequent” and “significant” errors — at least 329 — made by corrective services between 2004 and 2016.

Communication issues, poor data entry and bad maths were behind the mistakes, with at least four prisoners going on to break the law when they should have still been in jail.

The inmates were accidently released an average of 51 days early, with one getting out 963 days too soon.

That person was re-arrested 35 days later, when the mistake was discovered.

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