Another inmate walks away from Lompoc prison

March 25, 2017

Jose Luis Lopez

For the eighth time in a little more than a year, an inmate escaped the minimum-security Federal Correctional Complex in Lompoc by walking away from the prison camp.

On Friday afternoon, prison officials determined Jose Luis Lopez, 34, was missing after he was not located during a routine inmate count. Information about Lopez’s offenses and the length of his sentence were not released.

Authorities described Lopez as 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 275 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

The Federal Correctional Complex in Lompoc includes low security, minimum security and medium security institutions. The prison camp, home to minimum security inmates, is surrounded by a wooden fence.

The FBI, United States Marshals Service and state and local law enforcement agencies are reportedly aware of Medina’s escape. Authorities request that anyone who has information about the whereabouts of Lopez contact their local law police department.

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All of you are very misinformed and quite frankly dumb to the system! I was in prison with Lopez. We were together in Safford, Arizona. A low security prison. He worked his way down to get the ‘privelidge’ to get to the prison camp. We had a discussion once….actually several times if he was to ever get to a camp if he would leave. He said he wouldn’t think twice. He had a plan. His crime was all related to drugs. Now if you really were to study sentences (especially Federal) you would see that it’s insane what kind of lengthy sentences people get for drugs. Now by no means am I condoning or minimizing using or selling drugs but I was there to see the crazy prison sentences. Now, as far as that luxury hotel some of you guys say…..again, not true. Is it comfortable? Yes. Comfortable enough to make me commit another crime? No! The comfortness especially in camps actually happens in large part to the staff letting the inmates get away with just about anything. A lot of staff doesn’t care what you do so as long as you are there for count! I was at Atwater camp before losing that privilege and ending up in Safford. Camp was cakewalk. But nonetheless you are away from your loved ones. So unless you have been in that environment don’t assume what it is. Stop watching TV shows people!! TV is not reality. Hate to break it to you.

Concrete and steel bars are cheaper than carnage and mayhem…

lock em up.

Lompoc federal prison is not a prison…it’s government run, luxury hotel that the taxpayers pay dearly for. Always has been,,,always will be.

Because they don’t want the Citizens to know….that’s why…now go back to beer and sausages and let those smart folks we always here about that run them Government programs take care of us.

I don’t get why they will not release what he was incarcerated for; is being convicted and sentenced not public information? I would understand if it was a pending case or an acquittal, but he was convicted, was sentenced, and to top it all off, he’s escaped. Yet the public does not deserve to know what the crime(s) is/are?

On the one hand, it can ready locals (sure, it might scare them, but there are plenty of scary people who are not “in the system” (yet)), on the other hand, keeping that information private gives a little too much power to the government for potential abuses (think communism, where people were routinely rounded up with only “enemy of the people” as an excuse).

I respect privacy, but when you are convicted an incarcerated, what you are convicted and incarcerated for should not be a secret.

Do a little digging and sometimes you his pay-dirt…

“He is serving a 15-year sentence for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute a quantity of methamphetamine, according to prison officials. He had a projected release date of September 26, 2026.”

If he walked out and then walked back across the border then that’s cause for celebration. But no… he’s creating another reason to put him back behind bars with us paying for the privilege.

The escape is far less a sentence than the 15 years he is due.

Putting someone with 9 years left to do on a minimum yard should be the concern. The main reason the majority of those on minimum yards do not “walk away” is because the amount of time you’d receive is more than what you have left to do (two to ten years with the Feds’ for escape) and the certainty of never seeing a minimum custody level yard again. Knowing you’ll go behind “the wall” with all of its bullshit is probably the one defining factor to keep most from “walking off”, and as Pelican1 stated the minimum yard at Lompoc is a “special” place…

“the border”?? I take it you mean the Mexican border? He escaped from Lompoc, not San Ysidro. I doubt he is going to risk driving 300+ miles south to try to hide out in some foreign country, even if he can get past the border guards undetected.

I’m not sure what the big deal is?

Under the Democrats soft on crime agenda if the don’t break-out, they will just let them out anyway. It wouldn’t be as funny if it wasn’t true.

Ha, ha, ha, ha! Now that’s some funny shit!!!

While it is true that Republicans are tough on “street crime” they sure as hell are soft as f*** on corporate criminals. But hell, why not, right? That’s their “base” and it would appear unseemly to have most of them locked up, right?