File error leads to accidental release of inmate: police

A filing error was to blame after a North Carolina inmate was mistakenly allowed to walk free last Monday.

On April 12, Quay Davis, who was serving time for gang-related activity, was taken from the Bertie Correctional Institution in Windsor, North Carolina, to a courthouse in Charlotte, about 280 miles away. Once there, he appeared in court and received a warrant for his arrest on one count of possession of a weapon by an inmate on a $75,000 security bond.

Following this, authorities said Davis’ court information was entered into the system without a warrant, allowing him to remain in custody. As a result, he was released from the Mecklenburg County Correctional Facility on Monday after the weapons charge against him was voluntarily dismissed, the Queen City News reported.

The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office was not informed of the error until the following Friday. He is now working to get Davis back into police custody and to determine how the mistake was made in the first place.

An inmate was mistakenly released Monday after his information was improperly filed a month earlier. Above, a representative image of handcuffs.
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“Our officers are working diligently to return Mr. Davis to custody,” Sheriff Garry L. McFadden said in a statement sent to a local NBC affiliate, WITN 7. “We will be conducting a thorough internal investigation in connection with this release.” erroneous to determine any possible negligence or violation of policies and procedures”.

The investigation, as of Sunday, is ongoing and it is unknown where the inmate might be.

Davis was one of 28 arrests made by Charlotte police as a result of a citywide police campaign against gang activity.

news week contacted the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office for comment.

McFadden, a Democrat, was elected sheriff in Mecklenburg County in 2018 as a result of a campaign in which prison reform held great promise. Since then, according to WFAE 90.7 in Charlotte, he has been credited with making county prisons more humane. He is currently running for re-election against two contenders for the Democratic nomination, Gina Hicks and Marquis Robinson.

“We understand that not everyone believes in what we’re doing right now for culture change,” McFadden said. “But to me, it helps improve society and makes society safer… I want to restore the normalcy of safety that we once had at the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office and in the community. I want to rebuild relationships they were broken.”

The incident with Davis comes on the heels of the much more dramatic escape of Alabama inmate Casey White, who was aided by a prison officer, Vicky White, with whom he had a “special relationship.” The two were apprehended in Evansville, Indiana, after a two-week manhunt, with Vicky White committing suicide before she could be apprehended.

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