Oops! Soliah goes back to the joint

Kathleen Soliah will go back to prison after California authorities realized they miscalculated her time off for good behavior. Police arrested Soliah as she was about to board a flight to Minnesota, and will send her back to the prison from which they incorrectly released her on Monday. The former SLA terrorist and murderer had planned to return to Minnesota to visit her family:

State corrections officials re-arrested Sara Jane Olson on Saturday – five days after she was released – and announced that they intend to keep her in prison for another year.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Oscar Hidalgo said that officials miscalculated Olson’s sentence and gave her a year’s more time off her term than she deserved. …

Hidalgo said that Olson, the former Symbionese Liberation Army member who was convicted of killing Myrna Opsahl inside the lobby of a Carmichael bank in 1975 and of trying to bomb police cars in Los Angeles, was detained Friday night at Los Angeles International Airport as she was preparing to fly to Minnesota, where her family lives.

It’s hard to know how to feel about this. Soliah deserves a hell of a lot more time behind bars than the six she’s served, and she should have to serve every day of her too-short twelve year sentence. At the same time, it’s hard not to sympathize with Soliah’s children, who must be crushed at this unexpected turn of events.

Essentially, California still doesn’t have its act together. Prosecutors gave her too light of a sentence, and a state pardons and parole board had to extend it to the twelve years she got in the end. Now the prison can’t do math or apparently have someone double-check their work, and so let someone out a full year too early. It sounds like the same geniuses who calculate state budgets and wound up with an $18-billion miscalculation last year moonlight for the parole boards. (via Power Line)