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Inmate, adviser stuck in visit room

November 29, 2000

Inmate, adviser stuck in visit room



FREDERICK, Md. - An inmate and volunteer religious adviser had an inadvertent marathon counseling session Monday after they were mistakenly locked in a private visitation room at Frederick County Jail for 10 hours.

Sheriff Jim Hagy said the counselor went to the jail to visit the inmate during regular visiting hours and was given a private room for their conference.

He refused to identify the inmate or the counselor. The inmate was incarcerated for a violation of probation for a nonviolent offense, he said.

Hagy said there was no specific time limit for the counseling and deputies forgot the two were in the room.

Deputies realized their mistake when they took a count of the inmates and found that one was missing, he said.

The inmate and counselor were found during a search of the visitation room, he said.

"To be honest, with you, we dropped the ball," said Hagy.

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Hagy said the inmate and the counselor said they yelled for help but no one heard them.

The visitation room contains two chairs and a table, and there are no windows.

He said the inmate and counselor remained calm during the incident.

"The Frederick County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating this incident in an effort to determine where the breakdown in communication occurred and to eliminate the possibility of any future occurrences of this nature," said Hagy.

Hagy said nothing like this had ever happened before there.

"I feel terrible about it," said Hagy.

- Kimberly Yakowski

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