LOS ANGELES — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for Richard Rodriguez, 42, who walked away from the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) in Los Angeles on Thursday, Dec. 14.
An emergency search was conducted after being notified at approximately 1:48 a.m. Friday that Rodriguez’s GPS device had been tampered with.
Notification was immediately made to local law enforcement agencies. Within minutes, agents from CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety were dispatched to locate and apprehend Rodriguez.
Rodriguez is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 218 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. He was received by CDCR from Los Angeles County In August 2017 with a three-year sentence for evading a peace officer while driving recklessly. Rodriguez was transferred from North Kern State Prison (NKSP) to the MCRP on Nov. 30, 2017. He was scheduled to be released to probation in July 2018.
Anyone who sees Rodriguez or has any knowledge of his whereabouts should immediately contact law enforcement or call 911.
The MCRP allows eligible offenders committed to state prison to serve the end of their sentences in the reentry center and provides them the programs and tools necessary to transition from custody to the community. It is a voluntary program for male offenders who have approximately one year left to serve. The program links offenders to a range of community-based rehabilitative services that assist with substance use disorders, mental health care, medical care, employment, education, housing, family reunification and social support.
Since 1977, 99 percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp, or community-based program without permission have been apprehended.
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December 15, 2017
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