Three prisoners housed in the Lowndes County Jail were accidentally released into the general public last week.

The three men had not been taken back into custody as of Tuesday night.

At 4 p.m. Friday, July 23, the three men were supposed to be transferred from Lowndes to the Lanier County Jail, Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine said Tuesday. Instead, they were released by a Lowndes County Jail corporal.

Prine did not say how the mix-up occurred but that the corporal has been disciplined for his actions.

“It’s very unfortunate that this happened, but we did take the necessary disciplinary actions,” Prine said. “He was demoted to jail officer and will have some (undisclosed) days without pay.”

The three men released are Charles Brown, 58, Albert Dunbar, 22, and DeWayne Williams, 23.

Lanier County Sheriff’s Office reports stated that Brown was jailed for simple battery, obstruction of an officer and a parole warrant; Dunbar was jailed for possession of a controlled substance and a violation probation hold from Clinch County; Williams was jailed for possession of a controlled substance, driving without a license and a violation probation hold from Clinch County.

Anyone having information on the whereabouts of these suspects should call the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office at (229) 671-2900; or the Lanier County Sheriff’s Office at (229) 482-3545.

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