Female inmate wrongly released from jail

Sheriff: Mistaken inmate release 'symptom' of larger problem

SAN ANTONIO - Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said the mistaken release of an inmate on April 30 is the result of larger technological issues at the Bexar County Jail.

Jazmyne Bates was originally charged with a misdemeanor theft charge in the middle of April, for which she was sentenced to 30 days in county jail.

She was also charged with felony theft, however, for which she received eight months in a state prison.

Under the current system, the day Bates’ case was adjudicated, someone was supposed to walk two pieces of paper over to the jail with sentencing information for each charge.

Only the paper with the misdemeanor information made it, however. The felony information got lost along the way.

That led to Bates being released on April 30, for time served under the misdemeanor charge.

She was taken back into custody two days later to serve out the rest of her felony sentence in state jail.

“Our current system is completely paper-based, and completely antiquated,” said Pamerleau.

She proposed overhauling the process system, putting all law enforcement agencies in Bexar County on the same system.

That way, she said, when someone is sentenced, a clerk could input the sentencing information into the computer, and jailers would have the information moments later.

Any makeover of current systems would likely be expensive and would require the allocation of funding from county government, something that is hardly guaranteed.

“It would make the system more efficient,” said Pamerleau. “We need to have a system where the right documents are in the right place at the right time.”

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