Tuesday, August 31, 2010

More comings and goings at county jail

The good news is that pretty much everybody is of the opinion that they have a problem at the Delaware County Prison in terms of paperwork snafus that have led to inmates being mistakenly set free.

County executive Marianne Grace and Prison Superintendent John Reilly huddled yesterday and decided to make the release process a function of security at the prison, as opposed to operations. That should help.

The even better news is that one of two inmates mistakenly released in recent weeks is back in custody. Ateia Polk, who was facing charges of robbery and terroristic threats, was in custody in Philadelhia.

The bad news? The other suspect, David Jeffrey Wilson, is still on the lam.

The even worse news? More people are coming forward to say they were cut loose early at the county jail. Today a Havertown woman is saying she was turned loose back in May, even after she says she told prison personnel she wasn’t supposed to be cut loose just yet. She still had nine days left on an 18-day sentence for violating her probation.

Instead she wound up out on the street.

At this point it might be a good idea for county and prison officials to try to get a feel for just how many prisoners in total have been given their walking papers by mistake.

Then taking the necessary steps to make sure it does not happen again.

Yesterday’s meeting was a good start. Now they need to keep pushing.

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