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Offender Walks Away from Los Angeles Reentry Program

LONG BEACH — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for Sammy Oquinn, 52, who walked away from the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) facility in Long Beach on Monday, May 20, 2019.

An emergency search was conducted after being notified at approximately 7:55 p.m. May 20 that Oquinn had left the MCRP without authorization.

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 Oquinn.

Oquinn is an African American man, 6 feet, 2 inches tall, weighing 210 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was received by CDCR from Los Angeles County on Sept. 20, 2018, with a three-year sentence for transporting/selling a controlled substance. Oquinn was transferred from Wasco State Prison to the MCRP on March 14, 2019. He was scheduled to be released to Los Angeles County Probation supervision on Oct. 22, 2019.

Anyone who sees Oquinn 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 one year 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

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