A girl trying to go to an inmate final weekend on the Theo Lacy detention facility in Orange was inadvertently locked in a single day in a jail visiting space, the Orange County Sheriff’s Division has confirmed.
Sheriff’s officers didn’t disclose the identification of the girl, who was described solely as being in her 30s.
The lady was on the maximum-security jail to go to an inmate on Saturday and was directed to a public visiting space for the barracks part of the ability, confirmed sheriff’s spokesperson Carrie Braun.
Braun mentioned the inmate the girl wished to see was unavailable and he or she fell asleep in a visiting sales space whereas ready. Nobody observed the girl when the world was closed at 5 p.m. She was not found till the world was reopened the subsequent morning at 8 a.m.
Braun mentioned the girl was instantly handled for a laceration to her hand, however she wouldn’t disclose how the girl sustained the minimize.
Safety cameras contained in the ready space can solely be monitored from the guard station contained in the room, which was not manned in a single day, Braun mentioned. There is no such thing as a cellphone contained in the visiting ready space. The lady was not allowed by state legislation to carry her cellphone into the jail.
The lady was in an space not freely accessible to inmates.
An inner investigation is underway to find out how the girl was locked inside and whether or not any procedures or insurance policies should be modified, Braun mentioned. One fast change has already been made — a supervisor should examine the world at the very least as soon as throughout in a single day hours.
Moreover, an emergency cellphone shall be put in within the ready space.
“This unlucky incident ought to by no means have occurred,” Braun mentioned. “The division is dedicated to totally examine and guarantee this by no means occurs once more.”
Theo Lacy has a most capability of three,442 inmates, in accordance with the sheriff’s web site.