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(Olympia, WA)  --  A Washington state legislative panel is highly critical of Governor Jay Inslee and the former head of the state Department of Corrections for the premature releases of more than three-thousand inmates from Washington prisons.  A report from the Republican-led Senate Law and Justice Committee says bad management by ex-corrections chief Bernie Warner and lack of oversight by Inslee's office are among the factors involved the early releases.  Spokane Valley Senator Mike Padden, who chairs the panel, says the early releases are "one of the biggest failures in public safety in this state in a very long time."  Inslee spokeswoman Jaime Smith told the "Spokesman-Review" the report contains nothing new, and said Republicans spent taxpayer money on a partisan effort.

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