LOS ANGELES — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials apprehended Jessie Barraza, who walked away from the Male Community Re-entry Program (MCRP) in Los Angeles yesterday.

Barraza, 24, was apprehended at approximately 1:50 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22 in the city of Downey by CDCR’s Special Service Unit agents. He was taken into custody without incident, and will be transported to California Institution for Men. His case will be referred to the LA County District Attorney’s office for possible prosecution.

Last night, notification was immediately made to law enforcement agencies, and an emergency search was conducted by CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety after being notified at approximately 8:10 p.m. that Barraza’s GPS device had been removed while out on an approved pass. 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 (NKSP) to the MCRP on August 29, 2017. He was scheduled to be released to probation in February 2018.

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.

Contact: (916) 445-4950

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