Wed August 29, 2012
Computer glitch delays parole notifications to crime victims
The state says a computer glitch failed to deliver 66 notices earlier this year to Ohio crime victims informing them that parole hearings for offenders facing possible release had been scheduled.
The prisons system says that a series of safeguards caught the problem after it was revealed and that victims were notified in time for hearings. Karin Ho, the state's victim services coordinator, tells The Associated Press the glitch affecting May board hearings occurred in February when board members discovered some notices hadn't been sent. Ho says the system initially indicated that letters had been sent, but the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction discovered the letters were never mailed. DRC has changed its policy and now has a single person assigned to tracking the status of the letters.