LOS ANGELES — A man who walked away from the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) in Long Beach on June 21, 2018, was apprehended Saturday, June 23.

Jose Chavez, 31, was apprehended at about 10:05 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 2018, in the Bell Gardens area of Los Angeles County by agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Special Service Unit.

He was taken into custody without incident and transported to California Institution for Men in Chino. This case will be referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for possible prosecution.

Chavez had been participating in the MCRP, which 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 one year left to serve. The program links participants 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.

Chavez was received by CDCR from Los Angeles County on June 8, 2017, with a two-year, eight-month sentence for vehicle theft. He was scheduled to be released to parole in February 2019.

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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