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.
The accidental release of the men set in play a manhunt with several central Florida law enforcement agencies assisting in the search. The Orange County police and the sheriff's department believe the men are still in the Orlando area.
"We believe these people to be dangerous. They're out. We want to let them know that they should turn themselves in," Orange County Sheriff public information officer Capt. Angelo Nieves tells local ABC affiliate, WFTV in Orlando.
Anyone with information on the men is urged to contact the Orange County, Florida Sheriff's Office.