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Inmates mistakenly set free are back in jail

Charles Brown Charles Brown
Albert Dunbar Albert Dunbar
DeWayne Williams DeWayne Williams

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

LOWNDES COUNTY, GA (WALB) –Three Lowndes County Jail inmates who were supposed to be transferred to another jail were instead set free.

They're all back in jail Wednesday night.

The sheriff demoted the officer who let the men go.

Three inmates were mistakenly released from the Lowndes County Jail around 4 p.m Friday.

"Mistakes are made you know and this is a serious mistake and hopefully it won't happen again," said Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine.

A Lowndes County Jail Corporal got a fax from Lanier County authorities.

"It stated to release the inmates but what he didn't do what he didn't read further was that he was to release the inmates to a Lanier County transport unit to transport the inmates to Cook County," said Prine.

More than 9,000 inmates are taken in each year from Lowndes, Echols, and Lanier counties. The sheriff says several inmates were getting booked at the time the inmates were released.

57-year old charles brown was in jail for simple battery, obstruction of an officer, and parole violation. He was picked up at the Hudson Dockett apartments shortly after five o'clock in Valdosta as he was leaving his girlfriend's home.

28-year old DeWayne Williams and 21-year old Albert were initially charged with possession of a controlled substance, according to the Lanier county Sheriff. Dunbar was also charged with driving without a license. Both the men also had probation violation charges. Dunbar and Williams were picked up in Clinch County around two this afternoon and are back in the Lowndes County Jail.

"We've certainly taken measures to prevent that from happening again," said Prine.

The corporal who released these men was reprimanded, demoted to jail officer and faces six months probation and five days without pay.

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