Investigation prompts reorganization at Marion County Jail

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An internal investigation at the Marion County Jail has prompted the facility to discipline staff and demote its jail commander.

Marion County Sheriff John Layton announced Wednesday that the reorganization of jail staff was the result of a pending investigation. The probe has focused on the apparent suicides of inmates Michael Morris in August and Marvin Sharp in September, WISH-TV reported.

Letters were sent this week to 18 jail employees to inform them of disciplinary action against them, mainly ranging from warnings to 24-hour suspensions.

Former jail commander Lt. Col. Royce Cole will be demoted to captain of the Arrestee Processing Center. He will be replaced by James Martin, a 12-year veteran of the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

The changes go into effect Oct. 17.

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