Rikers Island Accidentally Released a Prisoner a Year Early

A sign of Rikers Island, where IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn will be held, is pictured in Queens, New York on May 16, 2011. A New York judge denied IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn bail on Monday, despite an offer from his defense team to put up $1 million in cash and surrender all his travel documents. The judge ordered the IMF chief detained, two days after he was pulled off a plane and accused of trying to rape a Manhattan hotel chambermaid. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

The NYPD would appreciate the public’s help in solving yet another problem created by the staff of Rikers Island: On July 15, a 23-year-old inmate named Kimmanie Waisome was released from the prison even though his sentence is not up until July 15 of next year. It reportedly took the Department of Correction three days to notice the mistake.

According to the Daily News, Waisome — described as a six-foot-two-inch, 185-pound black man — was jailed after pleading guilty to “stealing a CD with an alleged accomplice armed with a gun,” so he probably isn’t too dangerous to anyone who doesn’t still use a Walkman. Meanwhile, CBS 2 reports that “disciplinary action may be forthcoming” for the Rikers officer who accidentally let Waisome out. Of course, when compared to everything else that’s been going on over there, this incident seems almost harmless.

Rikers Accidentally Released a Prisoner Early