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Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 1:50 pm | Updated: 12:47 pm, Thu Dec 19, 2013.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say at least seven inmates in Florida have used forged documents in attempts to escape from prison, including two killers who were mistakenly freed because of the paperwork.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is holding a news conference Tuesday to provide details about the forged documents used in escape attempts.

Agency spokeswoman Gretel Plessinger says so far they have discovered seven prisoners tried to escape with forged documents.

Authorities say Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker were let out of a Panhandle prison because of forged documents. The fake documents reduced their life sentences to 15 years.

They were captured Saturday at a Panama City motel.

Their release led the Corrections Department to change its policy for early prisoner releases.

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