BAKERSFIELD — A man who walked away from the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) in Bakersfield on June 19, 2018, was apprehended today in Bakersfield.

Acting on investigative leads, agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Office of Correctional Safety (OCS) located Deontrey Johnson, 20, at the Motel 6 on Oak Street. At 4:45 p.m. June 20, the Bakersfield Police Department contacted and arrested Johnson without incident. He was taken into custody and transported to North Kern State Prison.

CDCR had been notified at 2:11 p.m. June 19 that Johnson’s electronic monitoring device had been tampered with. An emergency search was conducted and notification was made to local law enforcement agencies.

Johnson was received by CDCR from Kern County on Dec. 1, 2016, with a three-year sentence for second-degree robbery. He had been participating in MCRP since March 2018 and was expected to be released in December 2018. His case will now be forwarded to the Kern County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of escape charges.

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 11 months 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.

The Office of Correctional Safety 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.

Contact: (916) 956-6160

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