Shared name led to mistaken inmate release

February 22, 2009 12:49:59 PM PST
Delaware corrections officials say an inmate who was mistakenly released from a Wilmington jail had the same name as another inmate who was due to be released. Corrections commissioner Carl Danberg said the two inmates shared the same first and last names, but had different middle initials.

Danberg said the release process has multiple checks and the mistake should have been caught. The commissioner says in internal investigation is being conducted.

The inmate, 40-year-old Charles Thomas, was mistakenly released Friday from the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington. Corrections officials say he was recaptured about 1 p.m. Saturday in the Rodney Square area of Wilmington.

State Police said Thomas was awaiting trial on firearms and robbery charges.


Information from: The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal,

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