Hamilton police seek inmate mistakenly released from Barton Street Jail

Photo of the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre on Barton Street.
Photo of the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre on Barton Street. Don Mitchell / Global News

Editors Note: The inmate in this post was reacquired by Hamilton police on March 14, 2023 from a location within the city. This post remains in it’s original form as per Global News policy on the transparency of information.

Hamilton police say they are seeking an inmate who was mistakenly released from the Barton Street jail last week.

Spokesperson Const. Indy Bharaj told Global News in an email that Shawn Delaney, 45, was “improperly released” from the Hamilton Wentworth Detention Centre Friday, March 3, and has not served the full sentence connected with his incarceration.

“Delaney is aware of the error and actively evading police,” said Bharaj.

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The inmate has been convicted of both violent and non-violent crimes in the past and may be a threat to the public, say police.

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A spokesperson for the Ministry of the Solicitor General, who manages corrections services in Ontario, says an “internal investigation” is underway to determine how Delaney was released.

“Correctional officials are responsible for ensuring accurate records are maintained and that inmates are released from correctional facilities only when they are legally entitled to be released from custody as directed by the courts or the Ontario Parole Board,” Andrew Morrison said.

Police are asking the public to call 9-1-1 if they see or encounter Delaney.

Information or tips can also be passed on to Hamilton police online and at Crime Stoppers.


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