In Michigan
5:12 pm
Wed July 1, 2009

62 Michigan sex offenders mistakenly released

LANSING, MI – Michigan has put 62 sex offenders back behind bars in the past week who were mistakenly released after being classified in a treatment category that doesn't exist.

Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said Wednesday the parolees were picked up immediately after officials discovered the mistake.

Republican state Rep. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge sent out a news release Wednesday making the matter public.

Sex offenders recently began taking a new test to identify their risk of reoffending and level of treatment needed.

Sixty-two inmates were mistakenly released without a determination of whether they should get treatment at home or stay in prison. Some have since been released again after the determination was made.