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Ten Marion Co. Sheriff's Office Employees Disciplined After Inmate Escapes

Last updated on Saturday, August 3, 2013

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Ten employees in the Marion County Sheriff’s Office were disciplined after an investigation into how an inmate escaped from the jail in July.

Sheriff John Layton said "critical errors" by jail staff gave Brandy Majors the opportunity to slip away on July 12. Majors was gone for 29 hours before anyone at the jail even realized she was missing, officials said.

Officials said Majors was mistakenly in an area of the jail with other women who were set to be released due to a "handling error." Surveillance video shows Majors did not go through the release process, but just slipped into line with the women who were being released.

"Members of my staff have faced disciplinary action arising from the negligent processing of Ms. Majors," Layton said. "A total of 10 people were disciplined, ranging from a demotion to 24 to 60 hours off without pay, and all are subject to remedial training."

Majors said she had no criminal intent when she left the jail, but investigators said the evidence contradicts her claim and she still should not have left.

"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.

Investigators will not file criminal charges against Majors for leaving.

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