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September 6, 2000 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A plan designed to ease overcrowding in the Orange County jail system by enlarging the branch jail in Irvine is dead, county supervisors said Tuesday. The plan's failure prompted its author, Sheriff Mike Carona, to voice grave concerns about the continuing political quagmire over what is considered one of the nation's most cramped jail systems. "I'm just frustrated that we still don't have an answer," he said. "I understand they don't like the compromise . . . but then what?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2000 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A plan designed to ease overcrowding in the Orange County jail system by enlarging the branch jail in Irvine is dead, county supervisors said Tuesday. The plan's failure prompted its author, Sheriff Mike Carona, to voice grave concerns about the continuing political quagmire over what is considered one of the nation's most cramped jail systems. "I'm just frustrated that we still don't have an answer," he said. "I understand they don't like the compromise . . . but then what?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Deputies were searching Sunday for Juan Ruiz, 23, who escaped from the James A. Musick Branch Jail, where he was serving a sentence for a narcotics violation, sheriff's officials said. Ruiz is not considered dangerous, they said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
A 28-year-old man in jail for writing a bad check and being on drugs was missing Monday after walking away from a jail work crew in Brea, officials said. Saul Dimla, an inmate at the James A. Musick Branch Jail, was assigned to work on a flood-control channel when authorities discovered him missing about 11:50 a.m. An Orange County sheriff's spokesman said work crew escapes are rare.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1986
Prisoner Walks Away: An inmate reportedly walked away from the James A. Musick branch jail Friday. Robert Gonzales, 23, was serving a drug-use sentence at the minimum-security county facility, said a spokesman for the Sheriff's Department. Gonzales was arrested in Santa Ana for being under the influence of narcotics on Dec. 30, 1985, and was scheduled for release on Nov. 22 of this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1999 | James Meier, (714) 966-5988
The next City Council meeting is March 9. Among the items on the agenda are an update on both the James A. Musick Branch Jail proposal and the upcoming Safe and Healthy Communities Act, an initiative aimed at requiring two-thirds votes to approve airports, jails and other "noxious" uses. The council meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 1 Civic Center Plaza. Information: (949) 724-6000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1996
Overcrowding at the Orange County Jail in early 1986 forced authorities to transfer inmates to the new 409-bed James A. Musick Branch Jail in Irvine. A federal judge set a Jan. 15 deadline for reducing the county jail's population of more than 2,000 inmates. Most had already left the main jail and were living in tents a few hundred yards from the new facility. Source: Times archives
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1999 | Chris Ceballos, (949) 248-2150
The City Council on Tuesday approved $39,750 for a study to determine alternatives to expansion at the James A. Musick Branch Jail. Sheriff Mike Carona has agreed to work with South County cities to keep from having to expand Musick from 1,200 beds to a 7,500-bed maximum-security jail. The study is a cooperative effort between Lake Forest and Irvine. Information: (949) 461-3400.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The Board of Supervisors approved a $1-million construction project for a new kitchen and dining facility at James A. Musick Branch Jail in Irvine. The sheriff's office needed a replacement kitchen after the previous facility was condemned due to old age, said Assistant Sheriff John Hewitt. Of three bids received, 2H Construction Inc. of Long Beach submitted the lowest bid to build 10 modular units. Construction is expected to start in January.
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May 11, 1997
A man serving a one-year auto theft sentence escaped from a work crew site about noon Friday, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Manuel Hernandez, 19, had been assigned to work at the sheriff's training facility at 1900 W. Katella Ave. He was a minimum-security inmate scheduled for release from the James A. Musick Branch Jail on Oct. 4. The Anaheim man now faces additional charges of escape, Sheriff's Lt. Ron Wilkerson said.
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August 24, 1988
A San Diego man escaped from the Orange County minimum-security jail near El Toro sometime Monday night, the Orange County Sheriff's Department reported Tuesday. Craig E. Clifford, 30, was incarcerated at the James A. Musick branch jail for failing to appear in court on charges of driving with a suspended license and without proper lights on his license plate. Clifford was discovered missing in a late-night head count of inmates, according to Lt. Richard Olson of the Sheriff's Department.
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