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Offender Who Walked Away from Los Angeles Reentry Facility Apprehended

LOS ANGELES — A man who walked away from the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) in Los Angeles on May 31, 2018, was apprehended today in Los Angeles.

Agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Special Service Unit observed Spencer Purdy, 42, in the area of Skid Row and took him into custody without incident at 5:40 p.m. He was transported to California Institution for Men in Chino.

Purdy had been participating in the MCRP, which 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 10 months 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.

Purdy was received by CDCR from Los Angeles County on Dec. 7, 2016, with a four-year sentence for attempted second-degree robbery. Purdy was transferred from California Correctional Institution to the MCRP on May 29, 2018. He was scheduled to be released to parole in March 2019. His case will now be referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for possible prosecution.

The Office of Correctional Safety mission is to protect the public and serve CDCR investigative and security interests. OCS is the primary departmental link with allied law enforcement agencies and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

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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