LOS ANGELES — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for Rolando A. Pineda, 21, who walked away from the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) facility in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 10, 2017.

An emergency search was conducted after being notified at approximately 8:20 p.m.  that Pineda had departed the MCRP without authorization.

Notification was immediately made to local law enforcement agencies. Within minutes, agents from CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety were dispatched to locate and apprehend Pineda.

Pineda is 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds. He was received by CDCR from Los Angeles County on October 14, 2016 with a three-year sentence for Evade or Attempting to Evade a Peace Officer while Driving Recklessly. Pineda was transferred from Ironwood State Prison to the MCRP on August 28, 2017. He was scheduled to be released to parole supervision on March 4, 2018.

Anyone who sees Pineda or has any knowledge of his whereabouts should immediately contact law enforcement or call 911.

The MCRP 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 1 year left to serve. The program links offenders 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.

Since 1977, 99 percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp, or community-based program without permission have been apprehended.