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Offender Who Walked Away From Alternative Custody Program Apprehended

SACRAMENTO – An offender who walked away from a transitional treatment facility in the Alternative Custody Program (ACP) on Tuesday, Jan. 8 was apprehended this evening.

Sone Thamala was apprehended by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Special Service Unit agents at 7:40 p.m. without incident in the city of Stockton. She is being transported to Folsom Women’s Facility, and her case may be referred to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of escape charges.

Thamala was released from state prison to the ACP treatment facility on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2018, to participate in the Female Offender Treatment and Employment Program. On Jan. 8, 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, 32, was received into CDCR custody from San Joaquin County on March 22, 2018, to serve a three-year sentence for vehicle theft.

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. For ACP participants, 100 percent of walkaways have been returned to state custody.


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