Sheriff: 10 employees disciplined after inmate walked out of jail

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INDIANAPOLIS – A woman who left the Marion County Jail and ended up being arrested as Fox 59 cameras were rolling got out as a result of a jail “handling error”–resulting in disciplinary action against employees.

Sheriff John Layton said Brandy Majors walked out of the jail at 8:33 a.m. on Friday, July 12. Layton said a handling error allowed Majors to be in an area of the jail with other female inmates who were set to be released. Ten people were disciplined in connection with the incident.

According to Layton, the other women were called for identification and were checked off the list. Their wristbands were removed and their property was returned. Layton said surveillance video shows that Majors did not go through that release process; she slipped in line with the other inmates and walked away.

Layton blamed a “series of errors” for allowing 29 hours to pass before jail officers realized Majors wasn’t where she was supposed to be. By Saturday afternoon, the search was on. Layton said Majors avoided law enforcement until Sunday, when she contacted Fox 59’s Russ McQuaid. On Sunday afternoon, Majors was arrested on camera.

Majors claimed she was inadvertently released from the Marion County Jail after she was picked up the night before on an outstanding auto theft warrant from Hendricks County.

“I didn’t escape. I didn’t go running out. They’re trying to cover up a mistake that they made and blame me,” Majors told Fox 59.

According to Layton, Majors said identity theft led to the charges in Hendricks County. She also said she’d been released from the jail. She told investigators that she had no criminal intent when she walked away; Layton said the evidence contradicts that claim. Still, the office will not pursue criminal charges against her in connection with the incident.

“My jail personnel made critical errors in the processing of Ms. Majors, but those errors did not give her the right to slip out of the jail and evade custody,” Layton said. “Members of my staff have faced disciplinary action arising from the negligent processing of Ms. Majors. A total of 10 people were disciplined, ranging from a demotion to 24-60 hours off without pay, and all are subject to remedial training.”

Layton said Majors has been to the Marion County Jail six times since January 2010 with prior arrests for theft and receiving stolen property. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is assisting Hendricks County in the investigation of auto theft and theft charges against Majors.

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