BAKERSFIELD — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for Ronald Brooks, 31, a participant at the Male Community Re-entry Program (MCRP) Kern County facility in Bakersfield. Brooks walked away from the facility on Sunday, July 15, 2018.

An emergency count and search was conducted of the MCRP Kern County after being notified at approximately 1:21 p.m. that Brooks’ GPS device had been tampered with. The device was recovered across the street from the facility. Brooks was not located in the immediate area.

Notification was immediately made to local law enforcement agencies. Agents from CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety were dispatched to the MCRP Kern County to locate and apprehend Brooks.

Brooks is 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 195 pounds. He was received by CDCR from Kern County on December 22, 2017 with a two year sentence for burglary in the first degree, grand theft and failure to appear. Brooks was transferred from California Health Care Facility to the MCRP on July 11, 2018. He was scheduled to be released to parole supervision in September 2018.

Anyone with any knowledge of Brooks’ whereabouts should immediately contact law enforcement or call 911.

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.

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: (916) 207-8085

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