SACRAMENTO – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials apprehended today an offender who walked away from an Alternative Custody Program (ACP) on February 11, 2018.

Acting on investigative leads, agents from CDCR’s Special Service Unit in Sacramento arrested Thomas Ruark this afternoon during a traffic stop near Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center.

He was taken into custody without incident and transported to Deuel Vocational Institution. His case will now be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for consideration of escape charges.

On Sunday, Feb. 11, CDCR was alerted that Ruark, 30, had removed his electronic monitoring device and walked away from an Alternative Custody Program at New Start, a sober living residential facility on Del Paso Boulevard in Sacramento.

Ruark was received into CDCR custody on May 24, 2016, from Sacramento County to serve a five-year, four-month sentence for evading or attempting to evade a peace officer while driving recklessly, and second-degree burglary (second striker). He had been participating in ACP since October 2017 and was scheduled to be released in May 2018.

ACP is a voluntary program developed for eligible offenders that allows them to serve up to the last 12 months of their sentence in the community in lieu of confinement in state prison. Eligible participants may be housed in a private residence, a transitional care facility or a residential drug or other treatment program.

The OCS mission is to protect the public and serve CDCR investigative and security interests. OCS is the primary departmental link with allied law enforcement agencies and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

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) 201-4165