A World-Herald investigation showed that Nebraska prison officials — using a flawed formula to calculate sentences — had wrongly released or were set to release dozens of prisoners years before their sentences were supposed to end.

All told, state officials had carved about 2,500 years off the collective sentences of about 750 of the state's worst criminals.

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A roundup of already released prisoners, court challenges, an investigation and a special legislative session are all possibilities after a World-Herald investigation revealed early releases for hundreds of the state’s worst offenders.

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Gov. Dave Heineman says the job status of the records administrator at the center of scandal at the Nebraska Corrections Department is under further review, following a highly critical Justice Department review of Kyle Poppert’s job performance.

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Calls are growing to spell out in law the use of a program that expanded beyond low-risk offenders to include violent criminals.

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Board Chairwoman Esther Casmer told a legislative committee last week that Gov. Dave Heineman’s chief of staff threatened her employment if she refused to approve greater numbers of prisoners for a re-entry furlough program. At a press conference Monday, the governor said he did not feel as if he or anyone in his administration pressured Casmer or other board members.

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