How Inmate Was Accidentally Released From Minnehaha County Jail

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KELOLAND News is getting a better idea of how the Minnehaha County jail accidentally released the wrong inmate. 26 year old Adrian Watson got out without paying bond. He has several pending cases, including robbery, simple assault and lying about his identity to police. 

It’s something you don’t hear about often, the wrong inmate getting out jail. Minnehaha County warden, Jeff Gromer says there are policies in place to make sure it doesn’t happen. 

“Policies involved with making sure we are identifying the person that we’re releasing appropriately. There’s a couple different steps in the release process where this is required to be done and in this situation in both times it wasn’t done appropriately,” Minnehaha County Jail warden, Jeff Gromer said.

Authorities say an inmate with a similar name was supposed to be released, but instead, Adrian Watson was released.

“Had two inmates with the same last name and one of them had had his case reviewed by the judge who authorized a PR bond, the other one had not, the other one being Adrian Watson and we released the wrong one,” Gromer said.

While Gromer says it’s not common, this isn’t the first time.

“I won’t say it has never happened before, it has happened before, it happens very infrequently but again each time where I’ve seen it occur, it’s because appropriate policy isn’t followed, the policy is there and it’s there for a reason and the specific reason in this is to prevent this type of incident,” Gromer said.

The warden says the incident will be handled internally for who will be held responsible.

As for Watson, he is now wanted for “escape.” Authorities are asking anyone who sees Adrian Watson to give them a call.

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