Mistakenly released inmate booked into jail overnight
BATON ROUGE - A man released from state custody while facing charges in two other parishes has now been booked into jail again.
Emanuel Jones was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison overnight. Jones faces carjacking, armed robbery, battery and felon in possession of a firearm charges for an attack at a hotel in Baton Rouge in November. Police said he kidnapped a man and robbed him even though Jones was in a work release program in West Baton Rouge Parish. He managed to get out of the work release program overnight, commit the crimes and return, authorities said in the original WBRZ report about the situation.
Friday, WBRZ was first to report Jones had been released from state custody on the sentence connected to his stay in the work release program. His release was a surprise to authorities in EBR and WBR who had new charges pending against Jones. A team of agents went looking for him after WBRZ Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto alerted authorities to Jones' release and he was located in the New Orleans area.
Wednesday, corrections investigators were scheduled to go to Elayn Hunt in St. Gabriel where Jones was allowed to leave. The Department of Corrections was looking into what policies and procedures may have been broken to allow Jones' release.
Just a few days before Jones was allowed to be released, the Department of Corrections reminded corrections officers how to handle the release of inmates that might have new, pending charges. The reminder was sent after the mistaken release of a killer.
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