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Inmates Captured After Walking Away from Minimum Support Facility at Salinas Valley State Prison

SALINAS– The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today announced the apprehension of two inmates who walked away from the Minimum Support Facility at Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) on November 19, 2011.

Inmate Omar Ramirez, 32, was captured late Tuesday night in Compton, California and transported to California Institution for Men in Chino, California. Ramirez was committed to CDCR on December 30, 2009 from Los Angeles County and serving a one-year, four-month sentence for possession of a firearm by an ex-felon.
Inmate Yovanni Peralta Diaz, 22, was captured after a brief chase Wednesday morning in Madera, California and was transported back to SVSP.  Diaz was committed to CDCR on September 14, 2011 from Orange County and is serving a three-year sentence for transportation and solicitation of controlled substances.
Both inmates were captured by CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety and Special Service Unit.
The two inmates were last seen walking laps together on the facility’s track at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 19. The two were noticed missing at approximately 9:15 p.m. during an institutional inmate count.
SVSP provides long-term housing and services for designated Level I and Level IV inmates. Level I inmates are housed in one of two dorms on the Minimum Support Facility (MSF), and the Level IV inmates are housed in one of four other facilities at the institution. SVSP provides Correctional Clinical Case Management System (CCCMS), Enhanced Outpatient Program (EOP) and Mental Health Crisis Bed (MHCB) services. For more information on SVSP, visit CDCR’s website at
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     
November 30, 2011 
Contact: Dana Toyama
(916) 445-4950