LOS ANGELES — A man who walked away from the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) in Los Angeles County Sept. 10, 2017, was apprehended today.

Ronaldo Pineda, 21, was apprehended at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, in the city of Bell Gardens by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Special Service Unit. 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.

Pineda had been participating in the MCRP, which allows eligible offenders committed to state prison to serve the end of their sentences in the reentry 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 one year 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.

Pineda was received by CDCR from Los Angeles County on Oct. 14, 2016, with a three-year sentence for evading or attempting to evade a peace officer while driving recklessly. He was transferred from Ironwood State Prison to the MCRP on Aug. 28, 2017. He was scheduled to be released to parole supervision in March 2018.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 12, 2017

CONTACT: Krissi Khokhobashvili  

       (916) 324-4586

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