FRESNO – A female inmate who escaped from the Drug Treatment Furlough Center Bakersfield on Sunday, November 9, 2008 has been found in Fresno. She was located on a street corner at Fresno Street and Belmont at 9:40 AM this morning (November 13, 2008).
CDCR special agents with the Office of Correctional Safety in cooperation with the Bakersfield Police Department looked for Bowles and successfully tracked her down in Fresno. Bowles did not resist and was booked at the Central California Women’s Facility without incident.
Bowles is originally from Fresno and was serving time in Bakersfield for a petty theft conviction. She was sentenced to 16 months and was scheduled to be released in January 2009.
The facility, operated by Mental Health Systems, Inc. under contract with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), provides substance abuse treatment in a licensed residential treatment facility to inmates 120 days before their release to parole. The inmates in the program are convicted of non-serious and non-violent offenses and transition into the community-based facility from an in-prison substance abuse treatment program.
Bowles case is being referred to the Kern County District Attorney’s office.