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Authorities Apprehend Minimum‑Security Inmate Who Walked Away from Folsom State Prison  

SACRAMENTO — A minimum-security inmate who walked away from Folsom State Prison on Dec. 22 was apprehended this afternoon in Riverside County.

Inmate Justin Franks was taken into custody by the Menifee Police Department at around 6 p.m. CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety (OCS) Special Service Unit collaborated in the investigation leading up to the arrest. Franks’ apprehension came after a vehicle pursuit, in which Franks was bitten by a K-9. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment, and was released to CDCR custody. Franks will be transported to California Institution for Men, and his case will be referred to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of escape charges.

Franks, 27, was discovered missing during an inmate count at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22. He was received by CDCR from San Bernardino County in July 2018 with a three-year, four-month sentence for first degree burglary.

OCS’s 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.


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