Two mistakenly released Marion Co. inmates returned to jail

INDIANAPOLIS - Two Marion County inmates were mistakenly released this month due to a computer error, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Department.

Chester Irons, 22, was arrested on June 7 of this year on charges of criminal confinement, domestic battery, battery and resisting law enforcement. Ronald Johnson was also arrested on June 7 of this year on unrelated charges of theft/receiving stolen property.

According to sheriff's department Public Information Officer Katie Carlson, both inmates were mistakenly released due to "computer data exchange issues" caused when the Marion Superior Court and Marion County Sheriff's Department switched to new case management systems.

"This week the criminal justice stakeholders have determined that due to the nature of the transition in software systems, two individuals who should be in custody are not," Carlson said in a release Thursday. "Consequently, warrants have been issued for their arrests."

Irons was taken back into custody on Thursday evening, and Johnson was returned to jail on Friday afternoon, according to Carlson.

The new systems replace a 26-year-old mainframe formerly used by the Marion County Superior Court and a 20-year-old system used by the sheriff's department.

The Marion County Court Administrator has set up a hotline to help the sheriff's department make sure a similar incident does not happen again.

Officials believe the new hotline will assist the jail in making any release decisions.

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