LOS ANGELES — A man who walked away from the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) in Los Angeles County on November 30, was apprehended.

Kent Garrett, 51, was apprehended at approximately 10:50 p.m. Friday, in Los Angeles without incident by agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Special Service Unit. He was taken into custody and transported to California Institution for Men in Chino. This case will be referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of escape charges.

Garrett had been participating in the MCRP, which 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 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.

Garrett was admitted from Los Angeles County on February 9, 2018, to serve a two-year, eight-month sentence for evading a peace officer.

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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Contact: Qunicy Whitt, (951) 488-7672