Error Sends Former Radical Back to Jail

5 days after Olson's release, prison officials cite clerical mistake
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2008 10:12 PM CDT
Sara Jane Olson is seen in a Los Angeles courtroom in a Jan. 18, 2002, file photo.    (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
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(Newser) – Five days after her release from prison, police today re-arrested a former member of the Symbionese Liberation Army and said she had to serve another year. Authorities said they made a clerical error and freed Sara Jane Olson too soon, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Olson, 61, had served six years of a 14-year sentence for plotting to blow up police cars in 1975.

Olson, formerly known as Kathleen Soliah, also was serving time for her role in a bank robbery the same year in which a customer died. She had lived for years as a fugitive and a Minnesota housewife before her arrest in 1999. Her parole Monday outraged law-enforcement officials and triggered the clerical review, the Los Angeles Times notes. Her lawyer accused the corrections department of bowing to police pressure.