LOS ANGELES — An offender who walked away from the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) in Los Angeles on September 12 was apprehended this evening.

Sandy Siders was taken into custody without incident in the Tujunga area at around 9 p.m. by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Special Service Unit, with the assistance of the Los Angeles Fugitive Apprehension Team and the Glendale Police Department. He was transported to California Institution for Men. His case will be forwarded to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of escape charges.

On Wednesday, an emergency search was conducted after being notified at approximately 5:00 p.m. that Siders ran out of the MCRP and later removed his GPS device. Siders, 40, was received by CDCR from Los Angeles County in September 2016 for extortion by means of force/threat and was expected to be released in April 2019.

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 365 days 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.

OCS’s 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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