Another inmate escapes from Lompoc prison camp

May 7, 2019

Jesus Antonio Hernandez

For the second time in the span of about one month, an inmate escaped the minimum security Federal Correctional Complex in Lompoc. [Cal Coast Times]

Jesus Antonio Hernandez, 42, escaped the Lompoc prison camp on Monday, according the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

At about 10:30 a.m., guards discovered Hernandez was missing. The United States Marshals Service and local law enforcement agencies then began searching for him. [KCOY]

Hernandez was convicted in Kentucky of engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to transport funds and engaging in financial transactions in criminally derived property less than $10,000. He was sentenced 27 years in prison.

Authorities describe Hernandez as Hispanic, 6 feet tall, and weighing about 200 pounds.

The minimum security facility, also known as a satellite camp, is adjacent to the medium security federal penitentiary in Lompoc. In recent years, more than a dozen inmates have walked away from the Lompoc prison camp, including Heriberto Gonzalez, a convicted marijuana dealer, who escaped last month.


They pay the correctional officers very well … But someone was bribed or has a family member as a correctional officer . .This guy was only sentenced for what they could prove … Criminals don’t just do one crime ….get caught … Get convicted .. They do multiple crimes everyday sometimes for years but usually only get caught for one or 2

Francesca Bolognini

The law in this country is INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. There is a good reason for that and I would prefer to keep it that way. If you think otherwise, perhaps you should do a bit of research into countries that operate differently and what the outcomes tend to be. Especially if you own something the state would like to have. The profile here is still a guy with a very long sentence for moving a substance that grows naturally and several states, including the voters in California where he was held, have already made “legal”. Although our political machines have made sure they can still pump quite an income out of it. This man being a case in point.

How does a non-violent crime, involving a substance in the process of being legalized, warrant an approximate $60,000 per year out of the tax payers for 27 years? When do tax payers wake up to the fact that we are being used and lives wasted? If he could maintain such a risky business for any amount of time, imagine what he could do at a legitimate trade. We need to turn these people around, not pay thru the nose to warehouse them in crime school.


A 27 yr sentence in a minimum security prison doesn’t make sense.

He ran a large drug trafficking biz for at least 7 yrs between Kentucky and Arizona. He was sentenced to the high end of the scale, probably because he had priors as well. But still, 27 yrs in minimum security; it’s almost certain he’d rabbit


Specifically for transporting marijuana. His priors were minor. No violent or property crimes. The court just railroaded him and didn’t follow its own rules. The prosecutor made promises that they didn’t keep. 27 years is ridiculous. Good luck to him.

Francesca Bolognini

We were paying to keep this guy locked up for 27 years, for less than $10,000 worth of goods. No mention of how much of that sentence he served, but I think he likely did taxpayers a favor. Seriously. Do you know how much we pay those facilities per head?

How many white, white collar criminals have bilked us out of literally millions, even billions of dollars and serve no time at all? This is a situation where rehabilitation would have been far cheaper, especially given that he was not convicted of any violent offense. I would rather see the likes of some of these insurance company CEOs, whose greed is killing about 30,000 Americans per year, facing life sentences – if we are going to reward our prison system profiteers with so many residents. Or how about elected officials who take large donations and then give their donors massive subsidies and deregulation for their investment?

This guy would have gotten a far lighter sentence had he had lighter skin and/or greased the right palms.. Are we really doing ourselves a favor by continuing to do such asymmetrical and selective enforcement for damage to society?


Nice work Lompoc. At this rate we can cut a couple of guards by summertime with so few inmates left to “guard”!