July 30, 2010: Prisoner release mixup fixed when he surrenders
CONCORD -- Officials from Volusia County, Fla., arrived at the state prison Wednesday to pick up a prisoner only to find he wasn't there. Officials had mistakenly released him.
The prisoner, mistakenly released from the New Hampshire State Prison for Men, turned himself in to Canterbury police yesterday morning.
Correction officials became aware of the mistake when officials from Volusia County, Fla., arrived to pick up Stephen Reinholz and take him back to Florida to face burglary and dealing in stolen property charges, according to prison spokesman Jeffrey Lyons.
Lyons said there was a miscommunication between the NH Adult Parole Board and the prison that resulted in Reinholz being released Wednesday.
Reinholz was granted parole, effective July 28, but was still to be held on a Florida detainer. Prison officials interpreted the parole order as meaning Reinholz was to be released and would serve his parole in Florida, Lyons explained.
When prison officials learned about the mistake, they called the person who picked up Reinholz to explain what happened. Reinholz then turned himself in at 6 o'clock yesterday morning to Canterbury police. Lyons said he is now back in the prison, waiting to be picked up and taken to Florida.
The incident is an isolated one, Lyons said.
Reinholz was sentenced to prison on a burglary conviction out of Belknap County and a receiving stolen property conviction out of Grafton County. He was eligible for parole on both charges on July 28.