Inmate Escaped From Alder Camp Near Klamath Yesterday

Lester Jackson

Lester Jackson

Information from  the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office:

[A] prisoner is unaccounted for at Alder Camp in the area of Klamath. He is considered an escapee and authorities are currently searching for him. If you see anyone matching his description, please contact dispatch by dialing 911 or (707)464-4191 ext 0.

Lester Jackson is described as 30 years old, African American, 6’01” and 170 pounds. We have attached a current photograph.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation reported:

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are searching for a minimum-security inmate who walked away from California Correctional Center (CCC) Alder Conservation Camp in Del Norte County today.

During an inmate count at around 8:50 a.m. on March 31, staff discovered inmate Lester Jackson, 30, missing during the morning meal. An emergency count was initiated and staff confirmed Jackson was missing. A search of the camp buildings and grounds was immediately conducted. Jackson was last seen at approximately 7:15 a.m. wearing grey sweat pants.

CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety, CAL FIRE, the California Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies have been notified and are assisting in the search.

Jackson was assigned as a firefighter at Alder Conservation Camp in Klamath, which houses approximately 110 minimum-custody inmates.

Jackson is a black male, 6 feet 1 inches tall, weighing 170 pounds with brown eyes, long black hair worn in dreadlocks, a mustache and a short beard. He was received from Solano County in May 2011 with an 11-year, 10-month sentence for second-degree robbery, false imprisonment and carjacking. He was scheduled to parole in June 2020.

Anyone who sees Jackson should call 911 or contact law enforcement authorities immediately. Anyone having knowledge of Jackson’s whereabouts should contact the CCC Watch Commander at (530) 257-2181, extension 4173.

Since 1977, 99 percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp or community-based program without permission have been apprehended.



  • The third one in a week… weird time to want to escape camp… there’s probably more freedom in jail right now!

    • More coronavirus in jail, too!

    • Jeffrey Lebowski

      Way higher risk of catching the virus AND dying from it. The prison healthcare system isn’t much to brag about. Basically prison/jail, cruise ships, and any public gathering is the worst place to be right now. So glad those years are behind me. Dude probably has some health condition and he’s scared to stay in prison. Can’t imsgine doing that much time and escaping so close to parole/release date. There’s definitely not more freedom in jails or prisons either. Inmates are probably losing their shit. No visits, most are locked in their cells and food is being delivered. Most likely showers are every 2 days and it’s escorted and locked in the shower Definitely not a good time to be locked up dude.

  • Black Rifles Matter

    Wonder if his “homies” call him Lester??

  • “What we got here, is failure to communicate, some men you just can’t reach, which is what we got here last week, which is the way he wants it, well, he gets it.”

  • Things that make you go hmm...

    Why would you do that when you only have two months left ⁉️🤷 Silly little man…

  • He was probably about as “safe” as a human could get right now….

    I hope no one else is hurt by his escaping though.

    Again Kym, thanks for covering this far north!

  • Again, just following orders to social distance and self isolate.

  • What nut job, he just added time to sentence, he was due for parole in June.

  • Bet he is somewhere living in a ditch and shitting his pants as a known carrier of COVID 19. We need to lock up known carriers such as this man and throw away the key. I have this info because MY husband (we have a legal, same sex marriage here in Del Norte….CA) works at the camp and after a couple of other inmates kissed this boy they showed flu like symptoms. Any more inmates caught kissing are now disciplined and may lose their spot on fire crews. Some made actually he sent out of the area if need be. Stay safe everyone and remember that same sex couples need to have the same rights as everyone else. We are no different. These are very tough times.

  • I talked to his family an no one knows where he is an he only had 60 more days after doing 8 years it makes no since. Smh let’s hope u ppl didn’t do anything to him an just trying to cover it up

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