SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — An inmate accidentally released from the San Francisco County Jail earlier this week is telling KRON4 his side of the story Friday.
The wanted inmate is telling KRON4 he plans on turning himself in.
“They made a mistake, and now, they’re making me look like I’m a monster,” 21-year-old Victor Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez, who shortly after watching KRON4’s coverage of his mistaken release from the San Francisco County Jail, wanted to make it clear, by phone, that he knows he should still be behind bars.
“They shouldn’t have released me, and I even told them, like, ‘I don’t think I’m supposed to get out,’ and they were like, ‘No, you gotta go home today.’ I’m like, ‘Alright, well, I’ll leave’,” Rodriguez said.
On Wednesday, at a hearing in San Francisco Superior Court, Rodriguez faced two charges related to making criminal threats to law enforcement.
One charge was upheld.
The judge is sentencing Rodriguez to three months in jail. But the second charge was dismissed.
“Unfortunately, the court clerk made an error when she entered this information on the paperwork that goes to us,” Rodriguez said. “So, when we received the paperwork, it indicated that all charges were dismissed.”
Eileen Hirst speaks for the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, which manages the jail. She said her department was simply adhering to what it said on paper.
The court issued a statement saying, “The court is looking into the circumstances surrounding the clerical error…”
San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi doesn’t represent Rodriguez but has extensive experience with the court.
He said mistakes like these have happened before.
“Ironically, what happens most often is that people are erroneously kept in custody because of a clerical error, and as a defense attorney, that drives you crazy because your client should be released and they’re not,” Adachi said.
As for the inmate still on the streets, he said he will turn himself in.
“Mr. Rodriguez and his family called us last night and we gave them very specific instructions on how he could turn himself in,” Hirt said.
And Rodriguez tells KRON4 that should happen sometime late Friday night.
“I’m planning on turning myself in, just so it looks good and just finish my little three months,” Rodriguez said.
Neither the sheriff’s department nor Superior Court have decided whether or not the clerical error will result in a change in protocol.