LONG BEACH — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for Jose Chavez, 31, who walked away from the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) in Long Beach on Thursday, June 21.
An emergency search was conducted after CDCR was notified at 3:58 p.m. that Chavez’s electronic monitoring device had been tampered with. Chavez had been out on an approved day pass and his last known location was Obregon Park in East Los Angeles.
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 Chavez.
Chavez is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs 221 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was received by CDCR from Los Angeles County on June 8, 2017, with a two-year, eight-month sentence for vehicle theft. He had been participating in MCRP since April 2018 and was scheduled to be released in February 2019.
Anyone who sees Chavez or has any knowledge of his whereabouts should immediately contact law enforcement or call 911.
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 11 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.
Since 1977, 99 percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp, or community-based program without permission have been apprehended.