The inmate mistakenly released from the Bi-State Justice Center Wednesday is back behind bars, after turning herself in late Wednesday night.
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 took the other inmate's clothes and walked free.
"I promised her if she would come and turn herself in under the circumstances, I would not charge her with escape," says Bowie County Sheriff James Prince.
Prince says the mistake was made by a new correctional officer working the release desk. "It was a mistake that she made, but it was also a mistake of her training officer for not making it sure that the job was done properly. We are not pointing the blame to any particular person."
The sheriff says there will be no disciplinary action taken by his department. If anything, Prince says, it will be left up to the company that manages the facility, LaSalle Corrections.
Prince says if nothing else, the incident has proven to be a learning experience. "This incident is embarrassing. It happened. We can make all type of excuses. None of them is any good. It happened. What we have to do is learn from it and correct it."
Billy McConnell, managing member of LaSalle Corrections, confirms that there is an ongoing investigation into the inmate's release. McConnell says no disciplinary action has been taken as of yet.
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