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Walk Away from Ventura Conservation Camp Apprehended

CAMARILLO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced the apprehension of an inmate who walked away on Wednesday evening from the Ventura Conservation Camp, located near the community of Camarillo, in Ventura County. On Thursday, April 7, 2016, at approximately 6:30 p.m., inmate Bobby Gleason, 37, was apprehended without incident in the city of Vista by the CDCR Special Services Unit following a short foot chase.  Gleason will be held in a local correctional facility pending transfer back to Sierra Conservation Center. Prosecution for the walk away will be sought through the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office.

Gleason (pictured below) was discovered missing by camp staff at approximately 11:30 p.m. on April 6, 2016. Camp staff searched the inmate dormitory area, surrounding buildings and the camp perimeter after he was discovered missing. Escape procedures were immediately implemented and local law enforcement, the surrounding community, and the media were promptly notified.  Gleason was committed to CDCR from San Diego County to serve a nine-year sentence for burglary. He was scheduled to be released in August, 2019.
Since 1977, 99 percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp or community-based program prematurely and without authorization, have been apprehended.   

April 8, 2016 
CONTACT: Lt. D. Taylor
(805) 983-1332