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Hundreds of Prisoners Mistakenly Released: Officials in Nebraska are seeking to re-incarcerate roughly two dozen out of the more than 300 inmates mistakenly released from prison over the course of several years due to sentencing miscalculations done by corrections officials. The Associated Press reports that officials are only pursuing inmates that should still be incarcerated.  The inmates who's sentences have already expired will not be required to return to prison as long as they have stayed out of trouble.  The calculating errors occurred when officials were attempting to factor in "good time" credits prior to an inmate serving their mandatory minimum sentence.

Habitual Felon Arrested After Brutal Assault: A Pennsylvania man with a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1971 has been arrested after authorities say he stabbed two women living in senior apartment building.  The Associated Press reports that 73-year-old Charles Azim stabbed one of the women during an argument before fleeing to another woman's unit and violently attacking her as well.  Azim was released from prison a few years ago after serving an eight-year sentence for aggravated assault. 

Four Texas Murderers Lose Death Row Appeals: Four condemned Texas murderers have lost their most recent death row appeals after two cases were rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court and the other two were rejected by a federal appeals court.  KWTX News reports that the appellate court denied the appeal of cop-killer 54-year-old Randall Wayne Mays, who claimed that he was to mentally ill for execution. The Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of anther cop-killer, 33-year-old Manuel Garza Jr., who was sentenced to death for murdering a police officer in 2001.

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