MCSO investigating inmate “transporation error”

Rajan Pratt (left) and Tiarra Duff (right) - Provided Photo

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An internal affairs investigation is underway into what the Marion County Sheriff’s Office calls a “possible transportation error” involving two inmates. Both inmates were released Tuesday, but placed back into custody Friday afternoon.

Rajan Pratt, 18, and Tiarra Duff, 20, were arrested Tuesday and initially charged with felony criminal recklessness and misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license for allegedly firing a gun into a building. Duff also faces a felony neglect of a dependent charge.

Court records show Pratt and Duff appeared in court Tuesday, where a judge agreed to delay their initial hearings until Friday. Bond for both defendants was set at $25,000 and a judge ordered both “held” for Marion County Community Corrections upon payment of that bond. Both were mandated to be put on GPS electronic monitoring and home detention by Community Corrections, court records show.

But, jail records obtained by I-Team 8 show Pratt and Duff were released shortly after 6 p.m. from the Arrestee Processing Center. Court staff also told I-Team 8 no records of bond payment were reflected by early Friday in either case.

“An Internal Affairs investigation is underway to determine the possibility of an APC transportation error to Marion County Community Corrections,” said MCSO Public Information Officer Katie Carlson, when asked about the cases by I-Team 8.

Carlson said, however, that Pratt and Duff were not left unsupervised.

“They were transported from the APC to Community Corrections,” said MCSO Communications Director Katie Carlson. “They have been in the custody of MCCC until today, when they came back into the custody of the MCSO.”

Court records show both cases were transferred to a higher felony court Thursday and bond was raised to $30,000.

It remains unclear whether the two were put on GPS electronic monitoring during the three days they were out of MCSO custody. Both were re-arrested when they appeared for court Friday afternoon, Carlson said.

The Sheriff’s Department has admitted to mistakenly releasing six other inmates this year. Sheriff John Layton’s November election opponent Emmitt Carney claims at least eight previous inmates have been mistakenly released. 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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