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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 County on Thursday, Oct. 4, was apprehended today in downtown Los Angeles.

Johnny Woods, 52, was spotted Friday, Oct. 12, by LA Fashion District safety officers who recognized him from flyers distributed by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Special Service Unit.

CDCR was contacted at approximately 11:15 a.m. Special Service Unit agents apprehended Woods without incident at approximately 11:30 a.m. near Skid Row. He was transported to California Institution for Men in Chino. This case will be referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of escape charges.

Woods 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 one year left to serve. The program links participants 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

Woods was received by CDCR from Los Angeles County on June 8, 2016, with a four-year sentence for second-degree robbery.

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


October 12, 2018

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