Pennsylvania county jail kept inmate 18 months too long

(Credit WGAL)

LANCASTER, Pa. (WGAL) A paperwork mistake is being blamed for a Pennsylvania inmate being kept in prison for 18 months past his release date.

A statement from the Lancaster Office of County Commissioners says the inmate was scheduled to be released on Nov. 25, 2014, subject to a parole plan, which was put in place on Dec. 1, 2014.

However, in the interim, new charges filed against another inmate who had the same last name were mistakenly placed in the wrong file, delaying the other inmate’s release until late in April 2016.

According to the statement, the other inmate was also held because the files had been duplicated and placed in both inmates’ folders. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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