Thousands of federal inmates are held in prison for longer than their sentences

Many inmates are held for longer than their sentences.
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The federal prison system hangs on to hundreds of prisoners for longer than it is supposed to each year, finds a new report on the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) from the inspector general at the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Between 2009 and 2014, some 4,183 federal inmates were subject to "untimely release," with 152 late releases due to staff errors. Three of the staff-caused mistakes resulted in prisoners being held for more than a year past the end of their sentences, the DOJ said, though most were held for about one extra month.

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