LOS ANGELES — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for a state prison inmate who walked away from a Los Angeles re-entry facility on Wednesday, Sept. 16.
Joseph R. Gallegos, 29, was transferred from Kern Valley State Prison on Sept. 16 to the Male Community Re-entry Program (MCRP) in Los Angeles County. At approximately 4:30 p.m., Gallegos, who was wearing a GPS device, was seen jumping over a fence. He ignored orders to stop and jumped into a waiting car.
An emergency count conducted confirmed Gallegos as missing. Law enforcement agencies were notified and CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety dispatched agents to locate and apprehend Gallegos.
Gallegos is a Hispanic male with brown eyes and black hair. He is 5’9” and weighs 180 pounds.
He was received on Feb. 23, 2015, from Los Angeles County with a three-year sentence for evading or attempting to evade a peace officer while driving recklessly, vehicle theft with prior vehicle-related theft convictions, receiving a stolen vehicle and possession of ammunition by a prohibited person.
In 2009, Gallegos served a one-year, four-month sentence for possession of marijuana for sale and a two-year sentence for vehicle theft from Los Angeles County. In 2013, he served a two-year sentence from Los Angeles County for possession of a firearm by a felon or addict.
The MCRP allows eligible inmates committed to state prison to serve the end of their sentences in the re-entry center and provides a smooth transition from custody to the community. It is a voluntary program for male inmates who have approximately 120 days left to serve. The program provides rehabilitative services that assist the participants with substance use disorders, mental health care, medical care, employment, education, housing, family reunification and social support.
Anyone seeing Gallegos or having any information of his whereabouts should immediately contact law enforcement or call 911.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 17, 2015
CONTACT: Terry Thornton