Mistake kept woman behind bars longer than sentence
Posted at: 07/26/2012 2:37 PM
| Updated at: 07/26/2012 2:43 PM
By: Associated Press
GRANTS, N.M. (AP) - An audit of the women's prison in Grants shows that one inmate was in custody seven months longer than expected.
The New Mexico Corrections Department is undertaking an audit of each prison, which is expected to last up to six months.
The review began last week in Grants. It revealed that Shera Winings should have been released in November but instead was let out of prison on Saturday.
Winings had been in custody on a probation violation since October 2009.
The Corrections Department attributes the late release to human error and says it has referred the findings to the prison operator for corrective action.
Some 6,600 inmates are in state custody.