The Marion County Sheriff's office in Indianapolis added an extra layer of scrutiny for registered sex offenders who end up in jail and already has made 18 arrests as a result. The change comes after an August Indianapolis Star investigation that found convicted rapist Shawn Corbally was let out of jail despite officials having uncovered evidence he might have violated his sex offender registration. Days after he was freed, police say, Corbally broke into a 34-year-old woman's home and brutally raped her at knifepoint.
During The Star's investigation, Sheriff John Layton called for an in-house examination of how the case was handled. As part of that, the sheriff's office started a new procedure: Now, every time a sex offender is brought to jail, he faces an interview with the agency's compliance unit. So far, the sheriff's office has conducted 86 such interviews. One out of every five has led to a felony sex offender registration charge. Even as they touted the success of this new policy, sheriff's officials said that it likely would not have been enough to stop Corbally from being released. The in-house investigation “found no breach” of departmental rules and regulations.