May 10 2014, 6:39am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
A drowsy (or bungling) clerk’s actions led to a man convicted of armed robbery to be released from prison 90 years earlier than his full term. The Colorado resident was set free from the cooler more than half a decade ago due to this blatant mistake by one of the members of the clerical staff. When the glaring blunder came to the notice of the law enforcement officials, they acted decisively and sent Rene Lima-Marin back to a life behind bars.
Marin’s extended family is seeking justice though. They claim that he has remained out of trouble for a total time span of six years and that eight years in prison were enough to sober a man up from a life of crime. Marin’s wife told his two sons a lie to cover up the fact that he was led away to his prison cell in January of this year.
The case of stupid clerical mistakes has become very common of late. Recently, another robber who didn’t serve a 13 year sentence was let loose on society as well. The problem is that if one person is allowed to be set free from prison due to an error than what is the fault of the rest who have to complete the totality of their prison sentences? It is very unfair to those inmates whose prison records were not liable to any error.
Another inmate in Colorado was released four years earlier than usual. Such blunders lead to a shaming of the law by the public and the inmates’ families. Marin’s family meanwhile says that the law ought to let bygones be bygones and allow the former inmate to lead a normal life as a decent law-abiding citizen with his wife and two kids.
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