RIDGECREST — A man who walked away from the Alternative Custody Program on June 28, 2018, was apprehended Friday, June 29.

Brian Pipping, 42, was apprehended at about 11 a.m. Friday in the southwest area of Ridgecrest. Acting on investigative leads, agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Special Service Unit located Pipping and took him into custody without incident. He was transported to California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi.

Pipping 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. Notification was made to local law enforcement and the California Highway Patrol, and agents from CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety (OCS) were dispatched to search for Pipping.

Pipping 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.

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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