Kingsport Police reviewing protocol after inmate escape

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) - The Kingsport Police Department is reviewing its inmate release protocol after jailers released an inmate by mistake earlier this week.

KPD spokesperson Tom Patton confirmed the department is looking into how it can prevent future accidental releases.

Kingsport Police say a man escaped from city jail Tuesday by pretending to be someone else. 

According to the department, John C. Autry was first arrested Tuesday afternoon after police discovered he was wanted in Alabama. 

Around 8:15 p.m., Autry was released from jail after he falsely identified himself as another inmate who was scheduled to be released on bond. 

He was on the run for nearly 24 hours before police apprehended him Wednesday evening. 

See also: KPD: Man escapes Kingsport jail by pretending to be someone else

KPD is now looking into how it handles inmates. 

"We are assessing our prisoner release protocol in an effort to prevent this sort of situation from occurring in the future," Patton said. "The incident remains under investigation by the KPD Jail Administrator and the Professional Standards Unit.”

In a similar incident last month, an inmate charged with first-degree murder was released from the Sullivan County jail in Blountville after he fooled jailers into thinking he was his cellmate. 


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