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November 11, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
A tip to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Friday morning led to the capture of an inmate who had escaped the day before from the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic. Felix Stiglbauer, 24, walked away from an outdoor work detail at the detention center's North Facility shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday. Stiglbauer was found shoeless and dehydrated about 7:45 a.m. Friday, walking on rural Lake Hughes Road, about three miles north of Ridge Route Road.
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April 11, 2014 | By Hector Becerra
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is cooperating with the FBI in a civil rights investigation over allegations that inmates have been mistreated at a jail facility, sheriff's officials said Friday evening. The alleged abuse took place at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. According to a statement, on March 5 members of the department's command staff "received information regarding possible misconduct by department personnel ... and immediately launched an investigation.
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September 25, 2010 | By Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
A Beverly Hills judge on Friday thought he had found a novel way to get around the Los Angeles County jail system's early-release policy with a ruling aimed at keeping Lindsay Lohan behind bars for the next month. But just hours after the actress was handcuffed and brought to a Lynwood jail, another judge intervened, issuing an order that is expected to pave the way for Lohan's freedom this weekend. At issue was Judge Elden Fox's decision to send Lohan back to jail without bail after she failed a court-ordered drug test.
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March 25, 2014 | By Kate Mather, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is offering a $20,000 reward in connection with the search for an inmate who walked out of a county jail nearly two weeks ago. The board unanimously approved the reward Tuesday for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Christopher Lee Brown, a 37-year-old fugitive who escaped downtown L.A.'s Twin Towers Correctional Facility the night of  March 12. Brown was sentenced earlier that...
NEWS
December 20, 1986
A man working on the roof of a Los Angeles County jail facility in Castaic accidentally fell 30 feet to his death Friday, according to the Sheriff's Department. John Roger Baker, 39, of Montclair was pronounced dead at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Valencia, a hospital spokeswoman said. Baker, an employee of a Rosemead contractor, lost his balance about 11 a.m. and fell from the roof of the maximum-security facility at Peter J. Pitchess Honor Rancho, Deputy Sam Jones said.
NEWS
June 19, 1987
Squads of sheriff's deputies were sent to the county jail facility at Mira Loma in Lancaster after "a major inmate disturbance" broke out in the medium-security section, which houses about 800 inmates, sheriff's officials reported. There were no immediate reports of injuries among the inmates. However, neighbors living near the high desert facility told reporters that they saw "small fires all over the place."
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July 5, 1992
Four inmates were injured Saturday in a brawl between blacks and Latinos at the Peter J. Pitchess Honor Rancho in Castaic, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. The four inmates, who suffered minor injuries, were taken to San Fernando Community Hospital for treatment of cuts, said Deputy Benita Hinojos. No deputies were injured.
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September 24, 1993
Three racial brawls among inmates at the Peter J. Pitchess Honor Rancho in Castaic led to 21 injuries this week as prisoners fought with telephone receivers and broken broomsticks, authorities said. The fights, which broke out in three dormitories at the facility's maximum-security East Facility, were quelled within minutes by sheriff's deputies, a spokesman said. In each case they pitted black and Latino inmates against each other, he said.
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June 20, 1995
In the wake of the biggest jailbreak in county history, workers began shoring up security at Peter J. Pitchess Honor Rancho in Castaic on Monday, adding a second set of razor wire to the fence and metal bars to areas that could provide access to the roof. Further security measures will be installed soon, according to jail officials, who have been meeting with residents to assure them that precautions are being taken to curb escape attempts.
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September 28, 1990 | LESLIE BERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The City Planning Commission on Thursday rejected a proposal for a prisoners' work-furlough residence in Studio City--but not until commission President William G. Luddy strongly condemned what he termed "a Willie Horton staff report" for pandering to neighbors' fears. Luddy also criticized the program's sponsors for failing to address parking and, more important, the fate of 80 elderly residents who would be displaced by conversion of their boarding house into an alternate jail facility.
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October 1, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
A civilian laundry supervisor accused of bringing narcotics into a jail facility in Castaic was taken into custody Tuesday morning, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Juan Ortiz, 55, was arrested about 5 a.m. at the Pitchess Detention Center's south facility by detectives from the sheriff's Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau, according to a department statement. There are four facilities at the detention center. The south facility houses about 1,400 low- to medium-security inmates, according to the sheriff's website.  Investigators accuse Ortiz of bringing drugs into the detention center's facility.
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July 16, 2013 | By Seema Mehta and Abby Sewell
Concerned about possible federal intervention into the operation of Los Angeles County's system of jails, the Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to take a significant step toward replacing the Men's Central Jail and renovating other facilities to reduce crowding and increase mental-health services for prisoners. The five-member board voted unanimously to accept a report from consultants who outlined five options. All included tearing down and replacing the Men's Central Jail and reconfiguring other existing facilities.
OPINION
August 29, 2011
The tentative $900,000 settlement between the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the parents of Mitrice Richardson will not assuage the grief and remorse that must be felt by almost everyone connected to this tragedy. The monetary award will only end the negligence lawsuit lodged against the Sheriff's Department over its handling of the case. Richardson, 24, was arrested in September 2009 for not being able to pay a restaurant dinner bill, and then released from custody at the Malibu/Lost Hills sheriff's station in Agoura, north of Malibu Canyon, around midnight with nothing but the clothes on her back.
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October 28, 2010 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
Nearly 90 Los Angeles police officers will be pulled off the streets and put to work running a new jail facility that has been unused for more than a year because of staffing shortages, according to a recent decision by LAPD officials. The reassignments will allow the jail to open by early February and are the culmination of months of debate within the LAPD on how to solve an increasingly desperate pinch: The $74-million, 172,000-square-foot Metropolitan Detention Center requires far more people to operate than the dilapidated, aging structure it will replace.
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September 25, 2010 | By Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
A Beverly Hills judge on Friday thought he had found a novel way to get around the Los Angeles County jail system's early-release policy with a ruling aimed at keeping Lindsay Lohan behind bars for the next month. But just hours after the actress was handcuffed and brought to a Lynwood jail, another judge intervened, issuing an order that is expected to pave the way for Lohan's freedom this weekend. At issue was Judge Elden Fox's decision to send Lohan back to jail without bail after she failed a court-ordered drug test.
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August 4, 2010 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy convicted of attempting to smuggle drugs into a Castaic jail where he worked was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison. Peter Paul Felix, 27, mouthed "I love you, guys" to his sisters and girlfriend as he was escorted from the downtown L.A. courtroom in handcuffs. Felix, a two-year veteran, was arrested in October 2008 carrying 161.5 grams of heroin, 24.4 grams of methamphetamine and 51.5 grams of marijuana that authorities said he intended to bring into the North County Correctional Facility.
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July 31, 2000 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sheriff Mike Carona's vision of building a small lock-down facility to treat jail inmates with drug problems faces its first political test this week when county supervisors decide whether to spend $1.3 million on the novel project. Carona has made such treatment facilities a top goal in his first term as sheriff, arguing that rehabilitation is much more effective for addicts than simply putting them in regular jail cells.
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March 25, 2014 | By Kate Mather, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is offering a $20,000 reward in connection with the search for an inmate who walked out of a county jail nearly two weeks ago. The board unanimously approved the reward Tuesday for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Christopher Lee Brown, a 37-year-old fugitive who escaped downtown L.A.'s Twin Towers Correctional Facility the night of  March 12. Brown was sentenced earlier that...
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April 11, 2009 | Harriet Ryan
The troubled son of actors Ryan O'Neal and Farrah Fawcett -- already behind bars for allegedly trying to sneak drugs into a jail -- is now facing three years in state prison for violating the terms of a drug diversion program in another case. An official from a residential treatment facility where Redmond O'Neal was living told a Superior Court judge Friday that O'Neal tested positive for methamphetamine use, and another test detected the presence of heroin in his room at the facility.
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