Thursday, November 09, 2006

Doing His Part For Jail Overcrowding

Castaic, CA

If you're in the Castaic area you might want to keep an eye out for Felix Stiglbauer, 5-feet-8-inches tall, brown hair and hazel eyes. Oh yeah, and he's wearing a bright yellow jumpsuit with the words "Los Angeles County Jail" on the back.

Stiglbauer (now there's a name that would drive a man to crime) escaped from the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic this morning around 7am. Was this a daring escape with gunfire and bars yanked from a wall by a gang of armed cronies with names like "Legs Murphy", "Mick The Mick" and "The Wart"?

Well, not as such. He kind of just, oh, walked away. Yep. Wandered off a work detail. Nobody knew until a monitoring device went off. By that time he was already gone.

So with that in mind, remember, when driving by a prison don't pick up hitchhikers. Especially not ones wearing bright yellow jumpsuits.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Stephen Blackmoore---Do you know who Felix is? Do you know his history, background, family or personality? Have you lost your freedom to jail/prison before?What was the jist of your article besides ridicule and mediocre humor? So instead of having a title of "Doing his part for jail overcrowding" why don't you work on a larger problem such as prison reform!

Stephen Blackmoore said...

All right, Anonymous. You keep popping by this post, or somebody looking up Felix is popping by this post, more than a few times recently, so I'll bite.

Ridicule and mediocre humor. Got it in one.

No, I don't know Felix. In this case, I was making a joke less on Felix's mistake (after all, his unexpected exit from the work detail netted an additional 8 months to his sentence) and more on the problem of keeping inmates where they're supposed to be.

The state has a responsibility to maintain adequate security to allow inmates (violent or non-violent) to not be morons and go on walkabout. They have to protect the general public and protect the inmates from their own stupidity.

From his crime (my understanding being taking a stolen vehicle on a high speed chase - no, I don't know if he actually stole it, and as far as I know - correct me if I'm wrong here, I'm sure you will - he didn't get popped for the theft) he doesn't strike me as a violent offender. If he was, I would like to think that he wouldn't have been on work detail in the first place.

No, I haven't been to jail. I hope never to do something stupid that warrants it. I hope never to be in the wrong place and the wrong time and be an innocent man stuck in prison by a screwed up system. I hope never to have to do something I feel is necessary, yet the state takes a dim view of.

Aside from the first of those three options I just outlined, Felix seems to have done #1. He led the police on a chase in a stolen vehicle. Whether he knew it was stolen or not, it was a stupid thing to do.

It was a stupider thing to leave Pitchess.

Yes, Pitchess is a fucking dangerous place. I wouldn't want to be there, and I don't think anyone would.

And now he's stuck there for an extra 8 months. Good job, man. Bright move.

Now that my ranting at your rant is out of the way, you have three choices. You can ignore this completely, you can rant at my rant at your rant.

Or you can tell me what sorts of things should be reformed in prison. I'm more than happy to have a discussion on the topic.

How about I start?

The prison system is focused on punishment and not reform. There are few successful programs for rehabilitation and next to none on prevention to keep people out of prison in the first place.

The three strikes law is a joke and a mess that destroys lives for inconsequential felonies and makes no distinction between violent, danger to society, repeat offenders, and the guy who's a chronic shoplifter.

The public defense system is underpaid and understaffed. The court dockets are too full. The jails are severely overcrowded.

That last is a big one. Are there too many prisoners or too many crimes?

How about we drop some of the stupider laws? Marijuana possession, for example.

Or get rid of mandatory minimum sentencing and give the judge some leeway to sentence more lightly for inconsequential infractions.

Is the answer to build more prisons or have fewer prisoners?

Sadly, I think it's both. There are a lot of violent offenders that need to be locked up for a good long time (like forever) and we have too many to house right now. But it doesn't mean we have to keep adding to the pot for breaking a bunch of stupid laws.

Now, that's my position. What's yours?

Anonymous said...

MR.BLACKMOORE--BRAVO--I LIKED YOUR COMMENTS.BEING A JOURNALIST, YOU CAN SEE ALL "SIDES" TO THE STORY, SO ONE THAT I WOULD LIKE TO PRESENT TO YOU RIGHT NOW, IS THAT I AM HIS M-O-T-H-E-R!!!!! AND YES, I LOVE HIM! YOU WILL FIND MY INTERVIEW ON K-CAL 9 NEWS INTERVIEWED BY CARTER EVANS. TO KNOW FELIX, AS A ALLUDED TO WITH THE FIRST FEEDBACK,MAKES THIS WHOLE SCENARIO SHOCKING. THE TYPICAL FEELINGS OF ME AS A PARENT WHAT HAPPENED, WHAT DID I DO, WAS IT THE DIVORCE, OR WAS IT HIS STRICT FATHER, WHO ADMINISTERED TO MUCH PUNISHMENT? PUTTING THE PSYCHOLOGICAL FAMILY BACKGROUND ASIDE, I WANT TO BLAME DRUGS; HE WAS RAISED BY HIS FATHER.IN SAYING ALL THIS, I AM NOT FINDING JUSTIFICATION FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE;AS YOU WILL SEE IN THE INTERVIEW, I AGREE WITH SOME PUNISHMENT--BUT HOW MUCH? HE WAS NOT IN A GANG;NEVER HURT ANYONE,NEVER CARRIED WEAPONS, AND NEVER DELIBERATELY WAS A TROUBLEMAKER, MORE A PEACE-MAKER.HE IS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF DRUG TAKING GONE WRONG. I BELIEVE DRUGS CAN TRIGGERS ACTS OF CRIME;SOME THEORIES SAY IT IS THE INDIVIDUAL WHO MAKES THE CHOICES TO COMMIT CRIME.FELIX MEANS HAPPY AND THAT'S WHAT HE WAS ALL HIS LIFE; A PARTY BOY WHO EXPERIMENTED WITH DRUGS, LEADING TO HIS DESTRUCTION. I AM A NURSE AND A PARALEGAL SO I HAVE A MEDICAL AND A LEGAL STANDPOINT ON THE MATTER.YOU SEE,STEPHEN, I HAVE THE EMOTIONAL BACKING FOR FELIX THAT YOU DON'T HAVE, THAT IS WHY I AM INFORMING YOU OF HIS CHARACTER; IF I COULD ONLY SHOW YOU A VIDEO OF HIM WHEN HE WAS 5!ARE YOU A PARENT? I LISTEN TO KPFK EVERYDAY SO I AM WELL AWARE OF THE CORRECTIONAL SYSTEM.BUT IT TAKES A BIG VOICE TO CHANGE ANY SYSTEM, PARTICULARLY IN THIS COUNTRY, WHICH IS ALL I KNOW. AND WHEN ONE DOES REVOLUTIONARY WORK (NOT BEING A REVOLUTIONIST)ONE GROWS TIRED, AS IN THE RECENT CASE OF CINDY SHEEHAN.(YES, THAT IS IRREVELENT)BUT, YET, IT IS REVELENT, BECAUSE WE ARE TALKING OF MOTHERLOVE.HE IS MY THIRD OF NINE CHILDREN.TODAY IS HIS BIRTHDAY; HE IS 25.A TERRIBLE WASTE.WHETHER EXCESS DRUG USED BE TIED IN TO SOME CEREBRAL WEAKNESS OR GENETIC, SOCIETY, FAMILY BACKGROUND,EDUCATION, ECONOMIC STATUS IT AFFECTS MANY YOUTH IN THIS COUNTRY.SAD BUT TRUE, THE REALITY OF AMERICA'S YOUTH.I AM NOT SURE OF YOUR GENERATION; BUT MINE WAS THE PEACE AND LOVE ONE, BUT I DO NOT HAVE SUBSTANCE ISSUES. ANYWAY, USING YOUR RANT WORD, WHICH APTLY DESCRIBES MY PRESENT STATE OF MIND---I, NONETHELESS, THANK YOU FOR GETTING MY DANDER UP ENOUGH TO "SPEAK" MY MIND AND GET IT OUT OF MY SYSTEM. I APPLAUD YOU FOR YOUR RESEARCH IN FINDING HIS ORIGINAL CHARGE, WHICH IN TURN,LEAD HIM TO MAKE HIS SECOND COSTLY MISTAKE. I HOPE THAT YOU DON'T TAKE MY SEMI-ATTACK PERSONALLY, WHICH BEING A JOURNALIST, YOU PROBABLY WON'T.ANYWAY, I THINK VOICE AND THE WRITTEN WORD IS ESSENTIAL FOR HUMANKIND SURVIVAL AND KEEP IT UP.I WILL TOO. SJKD