An investigation is underway after inmate was released in error in Berkeley County.
On Friday, December 4th, Jessica Davis went to Bond Court and, in front of Judge Priloeau, represented herself as Chanda Davis. Judge Priloeau granted Chanda Davis a PR bond.
Jessica Davis was then taken back to the Hill-Finklea Detention Center and again put into the holding cell with the real Chanda Davis. About two hours later, detention deputies called for Chanda Davis to release her based upon the PR bond. At that time, Jessica Davis stood up and again represented herself as Chanda Davis.
The detention deputy did not validate the physical descriptors or other information before releasing Jessica Davis. This is a violation of Hill-Finklea Detention Center Policy, and an investigation is ongoing in order to clarify what happened and why.
Jessica Davis was apprehended at approximately 3:00 PM today (December 8th).
In a statement from the Sheriff’s Office, a spokesman wrote, “At no time were members of the public in harm’s way.”
Jessica Davis’ original charges were shoplifting and trespassing, with a hold for the Summerville Police Department for additional shoplifting related charges.
Sheriff Duane Lewis stated, “The detention deputies made a mistake, and we will investigate it thoroughly and put in control measures to make sure that it does not happen again.”