Palo Verde Valley Times — An inmate who somehow escaped from Ironwood State Prison (ISP) within the last 24 hours is already in custody after being detained by California Highway Patrol officers on either Friday night or Saturday morning.
Details on how the inmate escaped from ISP and ended up in CHP custody are unknown. ISP officials did stress that the inmate was classified as a minimum level inmate and therefore was housed outside the secure perimeter that is reserved for the medium to higher level inmates. ISP's minimum level inmates are housed in a dormitory setting surrounded by just a chainlink fence. The minimum support facility is outside and adjacent to the minimum and high level secured facility.
Preliminary reports from an ISP official said that escaped inmate, Eric Edleman, 43, is from Tulare County. Edleman was serving a sentence stemming from charges of a controlled substance. The third term inmate entered California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) in November 2012 and was transferred to ISP on March 24, 2013. He was set for release on Nov. 16, 2015 but will now face new charges as a result of the escape.
The facility went on lockdown on Saturday as a result of the incident, suspending visitation. The lockdown has since been lifted and visitation will resume on Sunday. For more information on visitation call the hotline at 1-800-374-8474.
More details regarding this incident will be available as CDCR officials continue an investigation at which time Warden David Long will release a full statement.