News Releases

Offender Walks Away from Los Angeles Reentry Program

Lara Bh5003 Photo

LOS ANGELES— California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for Ramon O. Lara, who walked away from the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 6.

An emergency search was conducted after CDCR was notified at 11:50 a.m. that Lara’s electronic monitoring device had been tampered with. Lara had been at the program and was not scheduled to leave the location. The last known location of the monitoring device was the corner of 38th and Hill streets in 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 Lara.

Lara is 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 201 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was received by CDCR from Los Angeles County on Oct. 5, 2018, with a three-year sentence for vehicle theft. He had been participating in MCRP since Jan. 3, 2019, and was scheduled to be released in September 2019.

Anyone who sees Lara 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 12 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. For MCRP, 100 percent of walkaways have been returned to state custody.

CONTACT: (916) 207-8085