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After 15 Years, California Prisoner Who Escaped is Apprehended

Sacramento – Arlene Barrera Barragan, who escaped from a reentry facility on July 22, 1991, was arrested in Avenal on July 17, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced today.

Barragan, convicted in Kings County, was in her second year of a four-year sentence for selling controlled substances when she escaped 15 years ago. A Fugitive Apprehension Team agent with the CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety developed leads that linked Barragan to the city of Avenal and developed a possible address where Barragan may have lived as late as 2004.

The agent contacted the Kings County Sheriff’s Department, Avenal Substation, about Barragan, supplied all known facts, and requested assistance in the case. A few hours after the contact, a Kings County Sheriff’s Department commander, after making a few inquiries, located and arrested Barragan. She was booked in the Kings County Jail.

“As part of our commitment to public safety we never stop looking for offenders who escape our custody or supervision,” said Rick Rimmer, Assistant Secretary of the CDCR Office of Correctional Safety.

Of all inmates who escaped from a state prison, conservation camp or community-based program between 1975 and 2005, 99 percent have been apprehended.

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