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North Kern State Prison Escapee Captured

DELANO – An inmate who escaped from North Kern State Prison (NKSP) Minimum Support Facility was captured this morning.  Inmate Hatem Hassoun, a minimum-custody inmate, was noticed missing during an unscheduled security inspection at approximately 1:30 am today.  Escape procedures were immediately activated.

Inmate Hassoun was captured at approximately 10:45 a.m. today by NKSP Investigative Services Unit and CDCR Special Security Unit, six miles north of the institution near Allensworth.  No force was used in the apprehension.

Hassoun was serving a two-year sentence for Possession of a Controlled Substance with a Firearm from Los Angeles in December 2012. 

NKSP opened in April 1993, houses approximately 4600 inmates and is located in Delano Ca. NKSP has a two-fold mission. First, it functions as a reception center for the processing of incoming inmates from southern and northern counties. Secondly, it functions as the Central California Transportation Hub for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

JULY 10, 2013