From: MyNews4, reported by Joe Hart, on July 16-18th, 2012
Tonja Brown of Carson City says a computer glitch is the reason her brother Nolan Klein died in prison.
Klein was convicted of rape in 1988 and served 21 years. He died while serving time at the age of 54.
But Brown— who recently won a $50,000 settlement from the state after claiming her brother received inadequate medical care in prison, says Nolan should have been released. She says a computer glitch kept him from getting paroled.
“Because the day before the computer glitch went into effect we had it in writing by the attorney general he was not a threat to society,” Brown told News 4.
In fact a letter, dated june 4 of 2007, from Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto recommended that quote “Klein be afforded parole at the earliest parole eligibility dates.”
But the very next month in July of 2007, Klein was denied parole. At the time the parole board was not required to give a reason for its actions. But a copy of Klein’s record shows two felony convictions dated June 5 of 2007. The month before Klein came up for parole and the same month the department of corrections switched over to a new computer system. Brown says a computer glitch was to blame since her brother was — in prison — in June of 2007.
“Clearly he did not commit a crime in June of 2007,” Brown said.
But prison officials insist no inmate has been impacted by a computer glitch.
So we asked Rex Reed, head of the offender management division for the prison system to explain how these new charges showed up on Klein’s record in 2007.
“That was one of those instances where the date was changed from the from the actual that the crime occurred and was stamped with the date of the new computer system,” Reed told News 4.
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