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Offender Who Walked Away from Los Angeles Reentry Program Apprehended

LOS ANGELES — A man who walked away from the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) in Long Beach on Friday, March 16, was apprehended Tuesday, March 20.

Christopher Pinon, 23, was apprehended at approximately 11:55 p.m. in the Monterey Park area of Los Angeles County by agents from CDCR’s Special Service Unit (SSU). He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the California Institution for Men in Chino. The case will be referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

An emergency search was conducted March 16 after officials were notified at approximately 3:24 p.m. that Pinon’s GPS device had been tampered with. The GPS device was found in a trash can on Main and Washington in Los Angeles for consideration of escape charges.

Pinon had been participating since January 2018 in MCRP, which allows eligible offenders committed to state prison to serve the end of their sentences in the re-entry 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.

Pinon was received by CDCR from Los Angeles County in July 2017 with a three-year sentence for second-degree robbery. He was scheduled to be released to probation in November 2018.

Since 1977, 99 percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp or community-based program without permission have been apprehended.


March 21, 2018   

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