A clerical error highlights the success--and failure--of our prison system

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At age 19, Rene Lima-Marin participated in the armed robbery of two video stores. He was later arrested, convicted, and in 2000, he was given consecutive sentences totaling 98 years in a Colorado prison. But a court clerk mistakenly wrote that Lima-Marin was to serve his sentences concurrently, and in 2008, he was released on parole--90 years ahead of schedule.