A female correctional officer was battered and held hostage for hours by a California inmate.

Staff members from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation staff contacted FOX 11 with the disturbing details and to express their safety concerns.

“Women do not feel safe, even male staff do not feel safe,” an anonymous staffer said.

Documentation from CDCR reveals that on January 20, 2024, inmate Robert Lawrence Ransom Jr., a convicted killer from Los Angeles, was able to enter a control booth at the Sierra Conservation Center in Jamestown.