Woman jailed for two weeks by mistake in Oklahoma County jail

The Associated Press - March 20, 2019 1:10 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A lawyer says an inspection of every inmate in the Oklahoma County jail found that a 20-year-old woman had been incarcerated for two weeks by mistake.

The Oklahoman reports that Public Defender Bob Ravitz told the presiding judge that “this is the most egregious case.”

Giselle Perez was jailed Feb. 26 after a traffic stop because of an outstanding arrest warrant on a 2015 juvenile theft charge that had been dismissed in December. Perez says she never went to court.

She was released March 12 after the mistake was discovered.

A judge on March 8 ordered a check of the more than 1,600 county inmates after learning one detainee had been lost in the criminal justice system for nearly eight months.

New arrivals are usually arraigned within three days.


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