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Houston U.S. District Judge David Hittner got really mad when Miguel Rocha, a drug dealer he had sentenced to hard time, escaped. He demanded an explanation from prison officials in a fiery letter: “Could you please inform me precisely how someone who was sentenced to more than [21] years for felony drug offenses [he lists six drug related felonies] was assigned to a federal prison camp (and subsequently ‘walked away’)?” The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) replied with a letter saying “our policy and past experience reflects that escapes from BOP custody do not usually occur with minimum security inmates who have less that 120 months remaining to serve.” Rocha had 113 months left. That probably made Hittner feel better.

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