Inmates accidentally released from Marion Co. Jail

Chester Irons (left) and Ronald Johnson (right) (Provided Photos)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Officials at the Marion County Jail say that two inmates were accidentally released from the jail this week, and a transition in software systems is being cited.

Authorities revealed the mistake on Thursday. Warrants were issued for 22-year-old Chester Irons and Ronald Johnson. Both were arrested two weeks ago.

Irons faces several charges including criminal confinement and battery. Johnson is charged with theft and receiving stolen property.

Authorities blame the mistake on the transition to a new criminal justice software which started June 1.

24-Hour News 8 first reported on the concerns with the new system last week. IMPD issued an internal memo, telling its officers not to arrest certain non-violent suspects this past weekend.

Authorities say they were concerned as the department transferred more than a million cases into the new system.

Officials at the jail confirmed Thursday night that Irons had been taken back into custody.

Police were still actively looking for Johnson. They are encouraged him to turn himself in at the Arrestee Processing Center. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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