MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (KABC) — Christopher Brown, a Twin Towers Jail inmate, escaped Wednesday night just hours after he was sentenced to four years and eight months in county jail.
Brown, 37, was convicted on March 6 of two counts of second-degree commercial burglary and one count of receiving stolen property for stealing two computers and three flash drives from the AHMC Healthcare in Alhambra. Personal, financial and credit information from 729,000 patients was compromised.
Brown escaped from the Inmate Reception Center Release area at about 10 p.m. Wednesday.
Sheriff’s officials think Brown impersonated another inmate who was scheduled to be released. Later in the night, a head count revealed he was missing. A search of the jail ensued, and a review of closed-circuit TV showed Brown escaping…
Brown is a transient with no known address. He has multiple prior theft-related arrests…(Full text at KABC)
While there’s no question the Los Angeles County Jail’s security is/was seriously flawed, the underlying problem is jails simply are not designed with lengthy terms in mind.
I daresay the escape rate of jails statewide will rise along with the local long-termer population–It’s inevitable.