Roughly at the same time of the OCDA press release, Sheriff Hutchens issued a response to a letter hand-delivered on Friday, January 29, 2016 by the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriff’s (AOCD)
Following is the response to the AOCD letter from Sheriff Hutchens:
I have been very clear from the onset of the jail escape investigation that I am deeply concerned about the length of time it took to recognize that three maximum security inmates were unaccounted for. I have initiated an internal administrative investigation to determine the facts of what occurred, contributing factors to the escape and inmate count procedures. Until the investigation is complete, I am unable to discuss further. Please know that we have taken immediate action to ensure that this situation will not happen again, and that the safety of our community is my highest priority.