In a phone interview with WFTV, Jessica Cary of the Florida Department of Corrections, said, "We don't know how this happened. However, upon the release of the inmates, we had followed all policies and procedures."
Where the release documents originated is unclear and is being investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. ABC News obtained a copy of the documents from the Orange County Clerk's Office. Officials there denied ABC's request for an interview. But, according to Lisa Bainbridge, director of communications for the county clerk's office, the approval for release documents did not originate from the clerk's office; rather, documents reducing a sentence originate in a judge's office.
Bainbridge tells ABC News that in the wake of the mistaken release, her office will review policies for reviewing and processing documents.
Anyone with information on the men is urged to contact the Orange County, Florida Sheriff's Office.