Female placed in male block at Marion County Jail

INDIANAPOLIS - Authorities were investigating after a female inmate was briefly placed in a male cell block at the Marion County Jail on Tuesday morning, officials said.

There was no wrongdoing by any of the inmates, but the root of the problem stems from "chronic jail overcrowding," officials with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said.

Officials said because of the overcrowding problem, inmates are constantly moved throughout the jail facilities.

"A modern jail, properly equipped with up-to-date technology which ensures proper separation of inmates, is the definitive corrective action," MCSO officials said in a statement.

Officials said the matter was under investigation by internal affairs investigators with the MCSO.

Sheriff John Layton was expected to determine the proper course of action, including making decisions about deputy discipline, jumpsuits in new colors for females and designating specific areas of the jail as permanent female-only areas.

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