LOS ANGELES — A man who walked away from the Male Community Re-entry Program (MCRP) in Los Angeles County on Thursday, Oct. 20 was apprehended yesterday.

Jesse Hernandez, 38, was apprehended at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Friday, October 21 by agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Special Service Unit, with the support of Ontario Police Department, in the city of Ontario. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the California Institution for Men in Chino. This case will be referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for possible prosecution.

Hernandez 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.

Hernandez was admitted from Los Angeles County on December 11, 2015, to serve a three-year sentence for Evading a Peace Officer while driving the wrong way and Vehicle Theft with priors. He was scheduled to be released to probation in March 2017. 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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