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Offender Walks Away From Alternative Custody Program

SACRAMENTO – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for an offender who walked away from a transitional treatment facility in the Alternative Custody Program (ACP).

Sone Thamala was released from state prison to the treatment facility on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2018, to participate in the Female Offender Treatment and Employment Program. On Jan. 8, 2019, program staff notified CDCR officials that Thamala’s GPS device had been tampered with and that she had not returned to the treatment facility after being out on an approved day pass. Thamala was last known to be headed southbound on Highway 99 at Fruitridge Road at around 11 p.m on Jan. 8.

Agents from CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety were immediately dispatched to locate and apprehend Thamala.

Thamala, 32, is 5 feet, 3 inches tall, weighing 179 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She was received into CDCR custody from San Joaquin County on March 22, 2018, to serve a three-year sentence for vehicle theft. She was scheduled to be released in April 2019.

Anyone with information about Thamala’s whereabouts is asked to call 911.

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.

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


January 9, 2019

CONTACT: Lt. Michael Salinovich

(916) 464-5685