An old computer system and lack of records oversight are to blame for Phoenix’s misreporting of kidnapping statistics to the federal government.
That’s according to an independent panel of experts.
The panel’s final report released Wednesday shows that 38 percent of the 358 reports Phoenix identified as kidnappings in 2008 were not kidnappings at all.
The report also says many other cases that weren’t classified as kidnappings should have been.
The panel’s report also suggests that in 2008, there were at least 668 incidents of kidnapping and 358 as previously reported.
The Arizona Republic says the panel also found no evidence indicating the kidnapping figures were intentionally inflated.
A group of judges, criminologists and other experts reviewed controversial kidnapping statistics Phoenix used to win a $1.7 million federal grant.