Sarkis Akopyan, 33, was apprehended at 8:05 p.m. Aug. 13 by agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Special Service Unit in the city of Glendale, in Los Angeles County. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the California Institution for Men in Chino.
Akopyan had been participating in the MCRP, which allows eligible offenders committed to state prison to serve the end of their sentences in the re-entry center and provides them the programs and tools necessary to transition from custody to the community. It is a voluntary program for male offenders who have approximately 180 days left to serve. The program links participants to a range of community-based rehabilitative services that assist with substance use disorders, mental health care, medical care, employment, education, housing, family reunification and social support.
Akopyan was admitted to CDCR from Los Angeles County on March 25, 2016, to serve a two-year sentence for vehicle theft. He was scheduled to be released to probation in November 2016.
Since 1977, 99 percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp, or community-based program without permission have been apprehended.
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August 14, 2016
Contact: Krissi Khokhobashvili