PULASKI COUNTY, AR (KLRT) – A man charged in the 2017 murder of an Italian tourist was accidentally released from state prison. Authorities are actively searching to get him back in custody.
Andre Jackson was released March 16 after completing his sentence on an unrelated charge (Possession of a Controlled Substance) with the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC).
The Pulaski County Jail says there was a breakdown in communication, which would have told prison staff to transport Jackson back to Little Rock to await his trial for Capital Murder.
According to the ADC, Jackson had returned to the ADC as a parole violator on December 19, 2017. Prior to his discharge, on January 22, staff working in the department’s Classification Office became aware of his previous arrest for Capitol Murder and made a notation in his electronic record.
ADC management learned on Monday that the notation was not adequately referenced during the release process.
An ADC spokesperson says prior to Jackson’s discharge, staff working in the department’s Records Office contacted both the Pulaski County Circuit Clerk’s Office and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office – Warrants Division in order to determine if there were any convictions or warrants entered against Jackson not previously communicated to the ADC. A detainer prohibiting Jackson’s release upon the discharge of his current sentence was not filed by local law enforcement with the Department of Correction.
“The Department of Correction has a standardized release process for inmates leaving ADC custody,” says Public Information Officer Solomon Graves. “This multi-step process includes a check for pending felony warrants and, if an inmate has been to court during the incarceration, contacting the court to determine if the inmate received a new sentence that was not previously communicated to the department. Given the seriousness of the facts available to ADC staff at the time of Jackson’s release, additional actions should have been taken to ensure that Jackson was taken in to custody by local law enforcements prior to his release.”
If you know where Jackson is you are asked to call police.