WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Twelve inmates were mistakenly set free from a local jail in Texas over the last year.
- Sheriff Javier Salazar is being called a “bad leader” for the erroneous releases.
- Though the sheriff’s office said they’re overhauling their booking process and placing more people to monitor it, some are looking for the sheriff to be let go.
In Texas, a local jail mistakenly released 12 inmates this year, including 3 just this month.
On Thursday, two convicts were wrongly set free within 12 hours, prompting Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff to say that the local jail is in a “crisis situation”. According to the San Antonio Express-News, the judge went on to call on Sheriff Javier Salazar to get his act together.
The judge says that they’ve been “exasperated about this for some time” and that “some drastic changes need to be made.” Wolff suggested the sheriff hire a professional jail administrator to avoid any further mistakes. Salazar simply said that he would consider the suggestion.
According to a KENS5 report, Salazar said at a press conference Friday that though an investigation followed each mistaken release, the root cause still hasn’t been determined. Though Salazar is aware that he has to “move with some purpose” when it comes to the investigations, he says he can’t rush them either.
The sheriff hasn’t ruled out the possibility that some of the inmates were released intentionally, but he isn’t ready to start “pointing fingers”.
On Sunday, the sheriff’s office said it’s giving its booking process an overhaul and adding a captain on each shift. Chiefs will also be monitoring the process throughout.
However, two candidates with experience in law enforcement, Jose Trevino and Willie Ng, are looking to oust the sheriff over the crisis. Ng says that it’s nothing personal against the sheriff, just that Salazar is a “bad leader” and a “bad administrator.
Source: New York Post