Ken Mills took over as Cuyahoga County's Regional Director of Corrections in March of 2015 and blames the release on "human error" that "never should have happened."
"There's a series of checks we do to make sure this doesn't happen and we missed one of those checks," said Mills.
But Franklin's release is not the first time a jail inmate has been accidentally released from the county jail.
"It happens three to five times a year," said Mills, who added that similar accidental releases occur at jails across the country largely due to jail overcrowding and volumes of documentation for each inmate.
"We process 30,000 jail releases a year," said Mills, who also concedes the jail did not notify the Lakewood assault victim that Franklin has been released.
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