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Escaped inmate found in Rancho Cucamonga

July 25, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
The law caught up with one escaped inmate in Rancho Cucamonga.Inmate Oscar Delcid, 28, escaped with another inmate from Oak Glen Conservation Camp on Thursday. One of the inmates was caught an hour after the escape. Delcid, however, broke into the home of a San Bernardino Sheriff's Deputy, took two guns, a Sheriff's uniform, and a Jeep Wrangler.

"They were able to locate Delcid in the city of Rancho Cucamonga, at a home, at about 1 o'clock this morning," said Cindy Beavers, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

There are more than 40 conservation camps in California. Oak Glen Camp is the largest, housing 160 men. The prisoners can cut their jail time in half and are paid a small amount when they are fighting fires.

The camp is under the joint supervision of the Department of Corrections and Cal Fire.

"What we're doing is a 'transfer of custody' from CDCR to Cal Fire CDF. Inmate hand crews are being released to the specific captains they are assigned," said Lieutenant Anna Sweeney, Department of Corrections.

Officials say inmates are released unsupervised, unless it is an emergency fire situation.

Lt. Sweeney says Oak Glen was established in 1990 and this is the first time they've had inmates walk away.

Inmate Dwayne Meghee has another year in custody. He says that what he is learning at the camp will help him.

"That's one of the pluses of being here. With the experience that you get here, you can go take it out to the different fire agencies that they have. Being that you had hands on ... plus the certificates that you get from Jamestown, you've got a little more action to getting hired quicker than someone that would come off the street," said Dwayne Meghee, inmate firefighter.

Lt. Sweeney said that both Delcid and the other inmate who walked away would have been paroled in August.

Oak Glen Conservation Camp will not face any adverse action due to the escape.

 

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