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Two Denver deputies disciplined for errors that led to late release of inmates

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Posted at 12:26 PM, Mar 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-10 14:26:56-05

DENVER – Two Denver deputies were suspended for two days in February in the latest disciplinary actions this year at the Denver jail.

The Denver Post reports that deputies Kevin Bennett and Gregory Shimek were suspended for paperwork and computer data entry errors that kept inmates in jail for at least two days longer than they were supposed to be incarcerated.

The disciplinary records were obtained by The Post through an open records request.

The incidents come amid a push at the Denver Sheriff Department, which operates the city’s jail, to work to fix problems with the recordkeeping process at the jail, which Sheriff Patrick Firman says is outdated.

The Post reports the department is working to buy a new system that it hopes will improve clerical errors that the department and jail worry make them prone to lawsuits. The disciplines are the second and third of the year.

The discipline was Bennett’s first in 15 years on the force, while Shimek had been disciplined for a similar mistake just two months earlier.

Read the full story at The Denver Post.

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