Officials with the Bi-State Justice Center in Texarkana confirm an inmate that was mistakenly released has turned herself in.
Tonokla Patterson, 31, was 1 of 2 female inmates with the same name being held at the facility.
Bowie Sheriff James Prince says the other one was supposed to be released, but when the name was called, the wrong inmate stepped forward and signed out Wednesday..
"She knew what she was doing. She knew she wasn't supposed to be leaving, but she did. But at the same time, we made it a little bit easier for her," Prince says.
Tonokla Patterson left the jail with the clothing of the inmate scheduled to be released.
Family members say they were fooled into helping her, too. "She asked me to come and pick her up and I asked her when she got out of jail and she said just now and she needed a ride," says one relative. "So I went and picked her up."
The Bi-State Justice Center is operated by a private company. However, Sheriff Prince says, "The buck stops with me and I am going to make sure it gets corrected."
Prince says there are procedures in place to prevent mistakes like this. Now, an internal investigation is under way to determine exactly how it happened. "Steps are being made and action will be taken against those who failed to act properly."
Patterson turned herself in around 10 p.m. Thursday. So far, no escape charges have been filed against Tonokla Patterson.
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