Almost 50 dangerous criminals have been released from Scottish prisons after administration errors a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

Some of those released were in public for four months before officials realised their mistakes.

Deadline news agency report:

PRISON bosses have admitted to setting loose nearly 50 paedophiles and violent criminals because of “sloppy” admin errors.

Figures released through a Freedom Of Information request show the Scottish Prison Service has freed 48 sex beasts, drug dealers and thugs over the last seven years.

This year alone has seen the biggest number of inmates allowed to freely roam the streets.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.