OROVILLE — A man who walked away from the Male Community Re-entry Program (MCRP) in Butte County on Monday, October 15, 2018, was apprehended today.

James Betti, 31, was apprehended at approximately 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, October 17, 2018, in Oroville near Feather River by agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Office of Correctional Safety. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to Folsom State Prison. This case will be referred to the Butte County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of escape charges.

Betti had been participating in the MCRP since June 4, 2018, which allows eligible offenders committed to state prison to serve the end of their sentences in the re-entry 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.

Betti was received by CDCR from Butte County on October 13, 2017 with a five-year sentence for vehicle theft with a prior.  Betti was transferred from the Correctional Training Facility (CTF) to the MCRP on June 4, 2018.

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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