Here is a timeline of events surrounding the prison-term calculation error, according to the state Department of Corrections.
Here is a timeline of events surrounding the ”good-time” calculation error, according to the Department of Corrections (DOC).
1995: Legislature increases penalties for so-called sentence enhancements, including use of firearms and deadly weapons in crimes.
July 2, 2002: State Supreme Court issues decision requiring Department of Corrections (DOC) to reduce the sentences by crediting inmates for “good time” earned while in county jail.
Early July 2002: DOC changes its good-time computer coding to comply with the court decision. But the coding fix contained an inaccurate calculation of good time.
December 2012: A victim’s family, concerned about the imminent release of an offender, felt the prisoner was being credited with too much good time and does its own calculation of when he should be freed. The family alerts DOC and DOC manually calculates and corrects the offender’s good-time credit. This is the first time the department becomes aware of the good-time calculation issue.
Dec. 7, 2012: DOC consults with legal counsel about the error and schedules a fix for the programming problem to occur during the next scheduled IT update.
Dec. 27, 2012: Wendy Stigall, the records-program administrator, files a request to DOC’s IT department explaining the problem and requesting a fix. In the section asking if it was a time-sensitive problem, she says yes. “ASAP,” and describes it as a records “priority.”
December 2012 to December 2015: The coding fix is repeatedly delayed.
September 2015: DOC’s IT division renews its effort to address the coding error.
Nov. 2: Ira Feuer, DOC’s new chief information officer, has an introductory meeting with Stigall. He learns about pending IT requests, including the good-time calculation issue.
Nov. 3-6: Feuer meets with the IT application manager to discuss the calculation request. Feuer is told a coding fix is scheduled for Jan. 7, 2016, and is informed that the contractual coding developer needed to make the change had been on leave from February to September.
Dec. 15: DOC’s senior leadership team is briefed on the issue.
Dec. 16: DOC leadership briefs Nicholas Brown, the governor’s general counsel, and David Postman, the governor’s chief of staff.
Dec. 18: DOC leadership meets with Gov. Jay Inslee. DOC orders a hand calculation of sentences of all affected offenders before they are released, pending the automated coding fix Jan. 7. The agency begins reviewing its records to determine which offenders, already released, should be brought back to the system.