NORTH EDWARDS – An offender who walked away from the Alternative Custody Program (ACP) in Los Angeles County on July 6, 2018, has been apprehended and returned to state custody.
At around 10:50 p.m. Monday, July 9, agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Special Service Unit (SSU) apprehended Vanessa Rodriguez, 33, at a mobile home park in the city of North Edwards, in Kern County. Rodriguez was taken into custody without incident and transported to California Institution for Women in Corona.
Rodriguez had been participating in ACP at the Healthright 360 transitional reentry facility in El Monte. She was on an approved pass July 6, but did not return to the facility that evening as required. Walkaway procedures were initiated, and agents from CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety (OCS) were dispatched to locate Rodriguez. Notification was made to local law enforcement and the California Highway Patrol.
Rodriguez was received into CDCR custody on Sept. 28, 2017, from Los Angeles County to serve a three-year sentence for false impersonation. She had been participating in ACP since May 2018 and was expected to be released in July 2018. Her case will be forwarded to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of escape charges.
ACP is a voluntary program developed for eligible offenders that allows them to serve up to the last 12 months of their sentence in the community in lieu of confinement in state prison. Eligible participants may be housed in a private residence, a transitional care facility or a residential drug or other treatment program.
The OCS 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.