Police looking for mistakenly released Clovis woman

Area law enforcement are looking for a 25-year-old Clovis woman who was mistakenly released Tuesday from the Curry County Adult Detention Center.

Catalina Ortiz was released on her own recognizance Tuesday after being arrested July 28 for failing to appear in Clovis Municipal Court on a misdemeanor charge, court records show.

However, she still has an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in Curry County Magistrate Court and should not have been released, said jail Administrator Keith Norwood.

“That release on the municipal bond was good, but the magistrate bond wasn’t addressed,” he said.

Norwood said law enforcement has been notified and efforts are being made to obtain a new warrant for her arrest.

Ortiz is not charged with violent crimes, Norwood said.

The mistake was discovered Wednesday during a verification of releases and Norwood said he is investigating to determine how the release occurred.

“We’re doing the investigation to find out what really occurred,” he said. “We do have human error, and our present system isn’t conducive to what we need, but it’s no excuse to have erroneous release.”

Norwood said the jail is continuing to use an antiquated computer system while a replacement is sought.

The need for a new system has been pointed to in the past as a necessary step toward stopping mistaken releases, a problem which has plagued the jail for years.

County officials have said software options being explored for the jail could cost as much as $200,000 but there is a possibility the county could participate in a state-wide pilot program to fuse the courts, law enforcement and detention facilities onto one system.