After a third inmate in three months was accidentally released from jail last week, King County Executive Dow Constantine in Seattle appointed an outside investigator to review the county’s inmate-release policies at both the county jail in downtown Seattle and the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent, the Seattle Times reports. The latest incident involved what officials called the “inadvertent release” of Marc-Eugene Larson, who had been jailed since February on two counts of first-degree assault, accused of shooting two men. After a week of freedom, Larson, 38, was re-arrested on Monday and is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.
“The scope of the review will include examining how court documents are processed and release procedures followed by the commitment officer, the release officer and sergeant that oversees the process,” said county spokesman Alex Fryer. “The investigator will also provide recommendations on best practices for inmate processing and release, and how best to coordinate with courts, prosecutors, and law enforcement agencies.” On Oct. 1, a judge ordered the release of a material witness in the criminal case against Larson. The witness, one of Larson’s alleged victims, spent three weeks in jail before he was let go. Based on the judge’s order to release the material witness, jail staff also released Larson. Willie Hayes, director of the King County Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention, said the jail became aware of Larson’s “inadvertent release” on Sunday from the prosecutor’s office and has started an investigation