Jail mix-up frees inmate

Newport News, VA (WAVY) A Virginia man is back in jail after being mistakenly released, even though he told jail staff he was being let go too early.

James Lee was released on March 14, two weeks earlier than scheduled.

Lee’s wife Denise says he protested when told it was time to leave.

"He said ‘Am I going to get into trouble because I am being released?’ They said, ‘You aren’t releasing yourself. We are releasing you because we know what we are doing,’" Denise Lee said.

After Monday’s release, Lee was contacted by the jail, and he immediately returned.

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