Two inmates at the Peter J. Pitchess Honor Rancho in Castaic escaped separately Monday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported Tuesday.
Don Goins, 28, of Lancaster, walked away from a welding job, Lt. John Samuel said. Goins, a convicted drunk driver, had served 21 days of a 150-day sentence in the minimum-security section of the jail, he said.
Most of the 2,300 minimum-security inmates at the prison are often out of deputies' sight while on work assignments, Samuel said. They walk away on an average of "one or less a month," he said.
The second inmate, Anthony Lopez, 31, cut his way to freedom through two 14-foot chain-link fences at the rancho's medium-security section, Lt. Ray Gonzales said. Lopez, a transient, was awaiting trial on a burglary charge and was to appear April 22 in Huntington Park Municipal Court, he said.