LOS ANGELES — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for Joshua Cortez, 30, who walked away from the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) in Los Angeles on Friday January 12, 2018.

An emergency search was conducted after being notified at approximately 10:10 a.m. this morning that Cortez’s GPS device had been tampered with. His last known location was near the metro station in North Hollywood. 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 Cortez.

Cortez is 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 186 pounds. He was wearing grey pants, grey sweater, white t-shirt and black shoes. Cortez was received by CDCR from Los Angeles County on November 5, 2013 with a two-year sentence for first degree burglary. Cortez was transferred from North Kern State Prison to the MCRP on October 16, 2017. He was scheduled to be released to probation in September 2018.

Anyone who sees Cortez 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 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 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.

Contact: (916) 445-4950

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