Jeffrey Bryant should have been in a Baltimore jail on the night he came to Ronald Reives’ apartment. Instead, police say, Bryant and two other men attacked Reives, one of them stabbing him in the back and puncturing his lung, says the Baltimore Sun. Because of a mistake at the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Facility, Bryant was released a week before the stabbing. He was one of four people mistakenly set free this summer, exceeding the count from recent years. The state corrections department is scrambling to defend its record at one of the nation’s busiest detention complexes.
Among those released since June were a Pennsylvania man charged with fatally stabbing a homeless person and a woman accused of killing her grandson with methadone. All detainees were returned to custody. Corrections officials say the problems are isolated and in most of the cases are due to human error in a department at the jail that handles warrants. “These guys are being released and some of them have serious charges, and all it’s going to take is for someone to go home and hurt somebody,” said Cory Trusty, the president of the union that represents officers at the Detention Center. “The public is definitely in danger.”