Newly Released Lompoc Inmate with COVID-19 Skips Rest of Isolation
USP Lompoc (Photo: Federal Bureau of Prisons)
By edhat staff
A COVID-19 positive inmate from the Lompoc Prison walked out on the remainder of his self-isolation period after completing his sentence.
During Friday's press conference, former Undersheriff and current Santa Barbara County Assistant CEO Barney Melekian, announced there was an event this past week at the Federal Penitentiary in Lompoc.
Two inmates were asymptomatic and tested positive for COVID-19 causing them to quarantine. On Wednesday they had completed their sentence and were released from prison, as the law requires, with two days remaining in their quarantine, said Melekian.
It was later learned that one of the inmates had chosen to leave quarantine and traveled to the Los Angeles area, reports Melekian.
"Those individuals had completed their sentence, they were no longer inmates. It would be illegal and inappropriate to try and contain them," said Melekian.
The county is now working with the prison to develop a protocol to respond more quickly to released inmates who have tested positive.