PRESS RELEASE: Corrections Secretary Offers Apology
Released December 28, 2015
OLYMPIA, Wash. – After further review of records, the Washington Department of Corrections (DOC) on Monday morning confirmed that two inmates released from prison prior to their earned release date allegedly committed new crimes during the time period they should have been incarcerated. The agency continues to review records for any additional inmates who may have committed new crimes.
DOC and law enforcement officers are searching for one of the two inmates. While this inmate did serve his sanctioned time for the new offense of attempt to elude law enforcement, due to the miscalculation, he will need to complete his full prison term for his original offense of assault. The second inmate, Robert Jackson, was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide in November and is currently in custody.
Jackson was released from prison on Aug. 10, 2015 and was under DOC supervision at the time of the incident. His correct release date should have been Dec. 6, 2015. The accident that led to Lindsay Hill's death happened on Nov. 11, 2015.
DOC Secretary Dan Pacholke offered his deepest condolences on Sunday afternoon to the family of Lindsay Hill, the woman who died after Jackson crashed the car in which she was riding.
"Nothing I can say will bring back Ms. Hill. I deeply regret that this happened," Pacholke said. "On behalf of the Department of Corrections, I apologize."
The Department of Corrections generally does not release the names of victims. However, Ms. Hill's identity has already been reported.
The agency provided notification to the victim's surviving family prior to releasing this information.