Bergen County Sheriff investigating inmate’s early release

20 10 2009

HACKENSACK — The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an internal investigation into the premature release of an inmate from the county jail last month.

Jasmine Thompson, 20, of Hackensack, was released Sept. 25 after she was sentenced to two years of probation on a simple assault charge stemming from a 2007 incident. However, Thompson continued to face a robbery charge for allegedly stealing a backpack from a 16-year-old girl in Hackensack on Sept. 11, and should not have been released until that charged was resolved, said Ben Feldman, a sheriff’s office spokesman.

Thompson was arrested in Paterson on Friday and was being held at the jail Friday with bail set at $85,000. The charges against her have been updated to include a probation violation.

Bergen County Sherriff Leo P. McGuire “is extremely unhappy about this, and he considers one incident like this too many,” Feldman said. “We are doing an internal investigation to determine what modifications we need to make to prevent this sort of thing from happening in the future.”
(News Source: NorthJersey.com/PCJN)

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