Washington Corrections Secretary resigns

The resignation comes after thousands of inmates were mistakenly released early

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2011 file photo, inmates walk past correctional officers at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton, Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 that more than 3,000 prisoners in Washington have been mistakenly released early since 2002 because of an error by the state's Department of Corrections. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, file)

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – Washington state Corrections Secretary Dan Pacholke has resigned from his position Saturday.

Pacholke said in his resignation letter that he hoped that his resignation would satisfy “the politicians who would use this tragic event for their political purposes.”

Pacholke’s departure comes a day after the state Senate ousted Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson.

The Department of Corrections and the governor’s office disclosed in December that a software coding error led to the early release of up to 3,200 prisoners since 2002 because of miscalculated sentences. At least two deaths have been tied to the early releases.

In his letter, Pacholke again apologized for “the tragic consequences” as a result of those errors. He has worked with the agency for 33 years.

Inslee said in a statement Saturday called Pacholke a dedicated public servant.

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