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Jail Inmate in Alameda County Back in Custody After Mistakenly Released

A jail inmate in Alameda County who was released by mistake before he was about to be transferred to San Mateo County Jail turned himself in to authorities Tuesday afternoon, San Mateo County sheriff's officials said.

Rodney Jefferson, 27, of San Francisco, was released in error on Oct. 9 from a jail facility in Alameda County. He was being held on federal charges for an auto burglary, sheriff's officials said.

Sheriff's officials said there was no threat to the public, but a warrant was issued for his arrest.

At about 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jefferson turned himself in to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service in Oakland. Sheriff's deputies then took him to the Maguire Correctional Facility in San Mateo County without further incident, sheriff's officials said.

Jefferson was released because of a technical error and a miscommunication on the part of records staff in San Mateo County.

San Mateo County sheriff's officials said they have added additional steps in their procedures to prevent this situation from happening again.

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