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IDOC blames Cook sheriff for accidental inmate release

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017

* Press release…

Earlier today, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office was notified that inmate Garrett Glover, DOB 12/13/1987, had been released from the Illinois Department of Corrections (”IDOC”). Glover was sentenced on February 23, 2017 to four years IDOC on a 2014 attempted armed robbery case. In 2015, Glover was charged with murder in connection with a September 5, 2012 shooting that occurred on southbound I-94. Glover should have been returned to custody of the Cook County Jail on the other case.

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the circumstances surrounding his release, and all efforts are being made to secure his apprehension.

Anyone with information about Glover’s whereabouts should immediately contact the Cook County Sheriff’s Command Center at 773-674-0169. The public is reminded that aiding a fugitive is a Class 4 felony, punishable by 1-3 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

* AP

The Illinois Department of Corrections says a man accused in a 2012 Chicago expressway killing was released on parole in an unrelated case because the department wasn’t informed he should be held.

The Department of Corrections released Garrett Glover on Friday after he was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison for an attempted armed robbery in 2014. Glover had been in custody since 2014.

Glover was supposed to be returned to the custody of the Cook County sheriff’s department, but the Department of Corrections says it didn’t get documentation from Cook County saying he should be held.

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  1. - Big Bill Thompson - Tuesday, Feb 28, 17 @ 10:43 am:

    And people think Dart would be a good Mayor? Sheesh.

  2. - Tom - Tuesday, Feb 28, 17 @ 10:46 am:

    Good Luck defending this, Governor.

  3. - IRLJ - Tuesday, Feb 28, 17 @ 10:51 am:

    I’m no fan of Dart, but how is this his fault rather than Rauner’s?
    Before releasing an inmate to parole, IDOC is supposed to use his fingerprints and other identifiers to check him out…

  4. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 28, 17 @ 10:54 am:

    ==Good Luck defending this, Governor.==

    The Governor of Cook County? If County doesn’t send the appropriate paperwork, DOC has no way of knowing

  5. - JoanP - Tuesday, Feb 28, 17 @ 11:04 am:

    @IRLJ and Tom:

    IDOC can run all the checks in the world, but if there’s no hold on the inmate, he must be released. And it’s the responsibility of the jurisdiction that wants the inmate to make sure that there is a hold.

  6. - IRLJ - Tuesday, Feb 28, 17 @ 11:07 am:

    ==DOC has no way of knowing==
    Not exactly true. There are redundencies in the process.
    Sounds like the blame game being played here by the State…

  7. - A guy - Tuesday, Feb 28, 17 @ 11:14 am:

    A very unfortunate snafu. Hopefully nothing awful happens and this person is returned to prison. At the moment, that’s the only way to think about it.

  8. - A Jack - Tuesday, Feb 28, 17 @ 11:14 am:

    I am not buying IDOC’s excuse. I would assume there would be an outstanding warrant for a person accused of murder. Heck, I had an outstanding warrant for skipping jury duty a year after I moved two hundreds miles south of Chicago. And Chicago harassed me for years and years over an unpaid parking ticket, going so far as finding out my new address after I moved.

    And so IDOC released a person accused of murder over paperwork?

  9. - Anon III - Tuesday, Feb 28, 17 @ 11:15 am:

    Maybe someone at the Sheriff’s office was distracted by tweeting on the job, and failed to hand the correct envelope to the IDOC.

  10. - Magic Dragon - Tuesday, Feb 28, 17 @ 11:28 am:

    The statement is unclear as to what prompted his release on Friday. Was that his normal MSR date to go onto parole prior to the Thursday conviction? IDOC needs to provide more info here before they can start playing blame game.

  11. - DuPage Saint - Tuesday, Feb 28, 17 @ 11:30 am:

    This is no big deal. I am sure when he reports to his parole officer he will be returned to custody

  12. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 28, 17 @ 11:41 am:

    ==. I would assume there would be an outstanding warrant for a person accused of murder==

    Warrants aren’t issued for persons in custody, which he was. There is paperwork sent to keep him held…but that’s the point, it seems the County never sent the required paperwork

  13. - Telly - Tuesday, Feb 28, 17 @ 11:51 am:

    Don’t leap to any conclusions on whose fault it is. Hundreds of inmates shuffle back and forth between IDOC and CC Jail every week and paperwork snafus like this happen more frequently than you think. Sometimes it’s caused by a records clerk misreading the file, sometimes it’s caused by a courtroom clerk not including a judge’s order in the mitimus.

  14. - A Jack - Tuesday, Feb 28, 17 @ 12:27 pm:

    So no warrant because he was in custody.

    But apparently someone at IDOC knew he was wanted in Cook since Cook was notified After he was released. Couldn’t they have notified Cook Before he was released?

  15. - Passive Agressive - Tuesday, Feb 28, 17 @ 1:04 pm:

    Warrants and new holding orders are entered into LEADS. If this information was in LEADS then this is a big uh-oh for IDOC.

  16. - DuPage - Tuesday, Feb 28, 17 @ 2:22 pm:

    - Passive Agressive - Tuesday, Feb 28, 17 @ 1:04 pm:

    ===Warrants and new holding orders are entered into LEADS. If this information was in LEADS then this is a big uh-oh for IDOC.===

    I read that Rauner ordered a modernization and upgrade to the state’s computer systems, a lot of it to be done by outside contractors. Maybe they did some work on it and did not get paid. I would not expect them to come back to fix any glitches if they thought the state was going to pay them promptly.

  17. - Anon - Tuesday, Feb 28, 17 @ 2:34 pm:

    May be a chink in the armor in Sheriff Dart’s run for Secretary of State.

  18. - No brains - Tuesday, Feb 28, 17 @ 8:06 pm:

    Incompetent state and county employees

  19. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 28, 17 @ 8:07 pm:

    His doctor counselor should have known

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