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Inmate turns herself in after mistakenly being released

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Tonokla Patterson, back in jail after mistakenly being released Tonokla Patterson, back in jail after mistakenly being released
BOWIE COUNTY, Tx. -

An inmate who was mistakenly released, is back in jail.

Tonokla Patterson, 31, was one of two inmates in the Bi-State Jail with the same last name. While one Patterson was supposed to be released Tuesday evening, Sheriff James Prince says it was the wrong one who signed out.

"She was released thinking she was this other lady with the same last name, there's no good excuse for it" says Prince.

Prince says the inmate due for release was in the recreation yard when the Patterson name was called. He says a new jail employee did not follow the correct procedures for releasing an inmate.

"It was a mistake she made, but it was also a mistake of her training officer for not making sure the job was done properly" says Prince.

Officials say the Lasalle Company, which operates the jail, has taken action against the employees who mistakenly released the wrong inmate.

"This incident is embarrassing. We can make all kind of excuses, but none of them are any good. It happened. What he have to do is learn from it, correct it and make sure it doesn't happen again" says Prince.

Since Patterson turned herself in, Sheriff Prince says she will not face additional charges.

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