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Female Inmate Who Walked Away from El Monte Residential Treatment Facility Apprehended

EL MONTE— An inmate who walked away from an El Monte Residential Treatment Facility last Friday is now back in California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) custody. Breana Armstard, 23, turned herself in Saturday night to the El Segundo Police Department which then booked her into Los Angeles County Jail.

Armstard had been participating in the Alternative Custody Program (ACP) at the El Monte Female Offender Treatment and Employment Program facility since January 5 and was due to parole on April 15. She will now continue her sentence at the California Institution for Women in Corona.

ACP is a voluntary program developed for female non-violent, non-serious and non-registerable sex offense inmates which allows them to serve up to the last 24 months of their sentence in the community in lieu of confinement in state prison. Eligible participants may be housed in a private residence, a transitional care facility or a residential drug or other treatment program.

Armstard was committed to CDCR on December 20, 2013 from Los Angeles County to serve a two-year, eight-month sentence for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, her second strike.

The El Monte FOTEP provides a smooth transition for female offenders from custody to the community, focusing on intensive, gender-responsive counseling services. The goal of the FOTEP is to reduce recidivism through substance abuse treatment services, family reunification, vocational training, and employment services.

Of all offenders who have escaped from an adult institution, camp or community-based program since 1977, 98.7 percent have been apprehended.

**As of September 9, 2015, CDCR is evaluating an expansion of the Alternative Custody Program to male inmates.** 

March 16, 2015

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