News Story


Jail Inmate Sentenced to 14 Years for Crime in Jail
3/12/2016 9:38:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Jail Inmate Sentenced to 14 Years for Crime in Jail

Report Number:



Pre-Trial Detention Facility Ventura, CA

Date & Time:

5-27-15 , 1645 hours

Unit(s) Responsible:

Sheriff's Major Crimes, Pre-Trial Detention Facility Classification Unit

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence


(S) Bishop, Michael





On 5/27/15, a disturbance occurred in a jail housing unit at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura, CA. During the disturbance, one inmate was stabbed in the face with a weapon, fabricated by an inmate, resulting in a significant injury. The Pre-Trial Detention Facility Classification Unit in conjunction with the Sheriff's Major Crimes Unit conducted an investigation into the incident. During the investigation, it was discovered that Inmate Michael Bishop assaulted another inmate in an attempt to exert his influence as a Los Angeles area criminal street gang member. It was also discovered that Bishop was taking jail bought commissary from the inmate using force and violence.


On 5/28/15, Bishop was arrested for PC 211 (Robbery 'First Degree).


On 3/3/16, Bishop's court proceedings were finalized when he was found guilty and sentenced to 14 years in state prison for the robbery he committed while in county jail. Bishop is still awaiting trial for the crimes he committed prior to entering the county jail.


Due to recent legislation changes at the state level and prison realignment, the Ventura County Jails are experiencing a large increase in the amount of violence and the number of crimes that occur in the jails. The Classification Unit works diligently to ensure the safety and security of the jails and the safety of inmates. In incidents where crimes do occur in the county jails, the Classification Unit will exhaust all resources to hold those responsible for victimizing other inmates accountable.




Prepared by:

Deputy Weston Price


News Release Date:



Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Steve Michalec  (805) 384-4732


Approved by:

Captain Robert Thomas



Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).