Mistakes in Joe’s Jail?

  Sheriff Joe Arpaio‘s Jail Releases Inmate by Mistake 

It was reported today “The Arizona Republic” that “An inmate mistakenly released by Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies was arrested by Flagstaff police Friday night, officials said.

Scott Kaylor Bruce, 59, was mistakenly released by Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies due to a court clerical error that failed to indicate Bruce’s bond status, according to the Sheriff’s Office.”

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/12/17/20101217 aricopa-county-inmate-mistakenly-released1218-ON.html#ixzz18RrVLIdu

This is far from the first time this has occurred at the Maricopa County Jail. The news part is that Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s employees are no longer covering up such mistakes and allowing it to leak from the jail.

You can’t blame the clerical staff, they are overworked, underpaid, and unappreciated.  As a retired bail bond agent in Phoenix,  I have seen the volume of paperwork they deal with…….a never ending job.

I can tell you this, it takes up to 72 hours to get released from the 4th Avenue Jail. The jail explains the reason as they check to make sure the inmate doesn’t have any reasons to not be released (ie. warrants, court restraints, etc.). Now if they really used the time to hold the inmate for these background checks do you really think a mistake like this would occur?

Remember, it was recently reported by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors that 50-60 MILLION DOLLARS that was taxed and intended for jail improvements was  “redirected” by Sheriff Arpaio. Money could have been used to prevent these types of mistakes.

It’s refreshing to see how more of his “dedicated” employees are no longer watching his back.  Believe me, it really needs watching.

 

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