VISALIA – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for an offender who walked away from the Alternative Custody Program (ACP).

Brian Pipping, 42, had recently been approved to participate in ACP. At 6:10 a.m. June 27, he was driven from Avenal State Prison to the Hanford train station, which he departed by cab around 7 a.m. He was expected to participate in ACP at a private residence in Porterville, and was to report to his parole agent in Visalia on June 28, but failed to do so. Walkaway procedures were initiated, and agents from CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety were dispatched to search for Pipping. Notification has been made to local law enforcement and the California Highway Patrol.

Pipping is a white male, 5 feet, 6 inches tall, with red hair and hazel eyes. He was received into CDCR custody on Sept. 1, 2017, from Kern County to serve a two-year, eight-month sentence for possessing/owning a firearm by a felon or addict (second striker). He was expected to be released in April 2019.

Anyone with information about Pipping’s whereabouts is asked to call 911.

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.

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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