The Massachussetts Department Of Corrections have admitted that they "erred" in the Daniel Tavares case. Remeber, I wrote earlier this month about Tavares. He was a violent man, convictwed of killing his Mother. He was sentenced to jail and was released in July, 2007. One Hundred and twenty-three days later, in Washington State he killed the newlywed couple who lived next door, Beverly and Brian Mauck.
It seems that then Governor Mitt Romney's administration failed to file the paperwork that would have taken away any good-time Tavares had earned. The Dept. of Corrections failed to act on a disciplinary reccomondation to strip him of 300 days of "good time" for threatening a prison guard. The Superintendent who was supposed to file that paper work no longer works for The Department Of Corrections.
Yesterday, the Commisioner of the Massachussetts Department Of Corrections, Harold W. Clarke admitted that releasing Tavares had been a mistake. Clarke didn't take his job as Commisioner until November 26, 2007. So, he is left to clean up the mess that is the Department of Corrections.
The Department is looking into 750 inmates to see if they should have their sentences extended because of discilplinary problems. Isn't that being a day late and more than a dollar short?