Friday, December 9, 2022

Two Scale Razor Wire Fence During Garden Duty Escaping Mendocino County’s Juvenile Hall

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The following is a joint press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office and the Mendocino County Probation Department:


[Stock image by Matt LaFever]

On 10-02-2022 at approximately 11:09 A.M. the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center received radio traffic from staff working at the Mendocino County Juvenile Detention Center advising two detained youths had just escaped custody.

Prior to their escape, the two detained youths were working in the garden within the confines of the facility.  Both detained youths were able to climb a 12-foot fence topped with razor wire.    

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies, Officers from the Ukiah Police Department and Mendocino County Probation Department personnel responded to the area the two detained youths were last seen running towards. 

Within a few minutes, the juvenile female was located and detained.  The juvenile female was transported by ambulance to a local hospital to receive treatment from injuries sustained during her escape.

The juvenile male was not immediately located.  The Sheriff’s Office and Ukiah Police Department issued Nixle alerts to residents of the immediate area advising them to be on the lookout for the juvenile male. 

At approximately 2:22 P.M. the Ukiah Police Department was dispatched to a possible sighting of the juvenile male in the area of Hazel Avenue in Ukiah.  Deputies and Officers responded to the area and located the juvenile male who was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit. 

Both the juvenile male and juvenile female will potentially face new charges of Escape from Custody (4532 PC). 

As with any incident of this nature, the Mendocino County Probation Department will be reviewing any relevant policies and practices connected to the situation. In addition, the Garden Project will be suspended while the department works with county officials to make adjustments to the facility to limit any future occurrences.  

The Mendocino County Probation Department would like to thank the Mendocino County Sheriffs Office and the Ukiah Police Department for their assistance with the apprehension of the two minors.


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5 COMMENTS

  1. COURAGEOUS YOUNG LADY. WILLING TO RISK DISEMBOWLMENT BY RAZOR. GREAT STORY TO TELL HER KIDS AND GRANDKIDS SOMEDAY…EVERYTIME THEY WANT TO SEE HER GASTLY SCARS…

  2. …OR MAYBE THERE’S AS MUCH CORRUPTION INSIDE THE JUVE FACILITY,, AS THERE ALLEDGEDLY IS IN THE ADULT JAIL. ABUSE OF MINORS AND SHE WAS DESERATE TO GET OUT, AWAY FROM IT, TO EXPOSE IT… HOPE THERE’S FOLLOW UP ON HER WELL BEING.

    • Working closely with Juvenile Hall, I can say with confidence that the juvenile prisoners are treated with nothing but respect. It is a rehabilitation center for a reason. The impulsivity and terrible decision-making of 2 inmates’ desire to escape has nothing to do with “injustices” inside this facility. The only time this female should be showing her scars is to show her family what NOT to do, and instead to encourage them to stay out of the Court system altogether, unless it is to become a positive part of it (i.e. law enforcement, lawyers, etc.). It is difficult to read that our community members believe that there is corruption inside a juvenile center before the belief that a juvenile offender made an irrational and terrible decision to jump a dangerous, wired fence and hurt herself on her own stupidity. I hope she is healed fully but also realizes what she has done to harm to not only her body but her future as well.

      • It’s today’s real world that we must change. These comments are the result of Defund the Police and Wokeness. 99% of Law Enforcement are good hard working people. Yes, there are Kevin Murray’s in this world, but that is a very small percentage.Wokeness has made the job impossible therefore we have less and less applicants causing already under staffed departments even more difficulty. It’s so easy to complain and throw disrespectful comments.and innuendos at law enforcement. If these people think it’s so easy join the force, I’m sure they need applicants.I myself thank them for their dedication to our community.

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