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Pennsylvania County Jail Kept Inmate 17 Months Too Long

Officials say they know how it happened, but haven't made that information public

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    Inmate Held Months Too Long Due to Paperwork Mistake

    A paperwork mistake is being blamed for a Pennsylvania inmate being kept in prison for a year and a half past his release date. The inmate was scheduled to be released on Nov. 25, 2014. However, in the interim, new charges filed against another inmate with the same last name were mistakenly duplicated and placed in the wrong file, delaying the other inmate's release until late in April 2016. (Published Wednesday, May 25, 2016)

    Officials at a county jail in Pennsylvania say they mistakenly kept an inmate locked up 17 months too long.

    The Lancaster County commissioners tell LNP the inmate doesn't want to be identified. But they say the inmate was supposed to be released in November 2014, but wasn't released until last month.

    The commissioners didn't immediately make clear when or how the error was discovered, but officials say they know how it happened.

    Officials say new charges against another inmate with the same name were mistakenly duplicated and put in both inmates' files.

    Warden Cheryl Steberger issued a statement saying officials wanted to publicly acknowledge the mistake and apologize.

    The jail is making changes including reviewing the records of all inmates with the same last name.