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article imageMaine prison releases wrong prisoner on bail

By Stephanie Dearing     Dec 4, 2009 in Crime
The incident happened when someone showed up to bail out a young man named Ismail Mohamed Awad at the Cumberland County Jail in Maine.
Portland, Maine - Guards at the Cumberland Jail in Maine are sure to be red-faced, and someone may lose his or her job over the incident. When a person showed up at the jail to post bail for 20 year old Ismail Mohamed Awad, an officer of the jail asked for "Ismail" to be brought forward, and guards complied, bringing out maximum security inmate, Ahmed Hussein Ismail. According to reports, A.H. Ismail played along with the bail-out, never letting on that he was the wrong person, and was subsequently released to the public. Now the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident after Portland police spent Thursday and Friday searching for the man. The 23 year-old A.H. Ismail, said to be dangerous, turned himself in to police late Friday afternoon.
The incident occurred on Wednesday evening. A.H. Ismail was in jail on charges of robbery and aggravated reckless conduct with a gun. Now he will likely be charged with aggravated forgery and escape.
Ismail Mohamed Awad's bail was $240.00, and no-one said what happened to the "right" Ismail after the "wrong" Ismail was bailed out. The "wrong" Ismail was wearing a yellow jumpsuit, indicating his status as a maximum security inmate. Police told the Portland Press Herald that this was the second unintentional release of the wrong prisoner this year from the same facility.
The Cumberland Country Jail is run by the Cumberland Sheriff's Department. The jail houses male and female inmates until their cases are heard in court.
Portland is the largest city in Maine with a population of some 230,000 people.
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