LOS ANGELES — An offender who walked away from the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) facility in Los Angeles on Wednesday, October 24, was apprehended this afternoon.

David Rodriguez was arrested without incident at 5 p.m. in the Sylmar area by agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Office of Correctional Safety. He will be transported to California Institution for Men, and his case will be referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of escape charges.

Rodriguez, 24, had been participating in the MCRP since May 2018. He was received by CDCR from Los Angeles County on November 16, 2017, with a two-year, eight-month sentence for second-degree burglary of a vehicle.

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. For MCRP, 100 percent of walkaways have been returned to state custody.

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