LOS ANGELES — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for Jessie Barraza, 24, who walked away from the Male Community Re-entry Program (MCRP) in Los Angeles on Tuesday, November 21.

An emergency search was conducted after being notified at approximately 8:10 p.m. this evening Barraza’s GPS device had been removed while out on an approved pass.

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 Barraza.

Barraza is 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighs 190 pounds. He was received by CDCR from Los Angeles County In June 2017 with a two-year sentence for auto grand theft and evading peace officers while driving recklessly. Barraza was transferred from North Kern State Prison to the MCRP on August 29, 2017. He was scheduled to be released to probation in February 2018.  Anyone who sees Barraza 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 one 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.

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Contact: Vicky Waters, 916-207-8085