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Officials Apprehend Offender Who Walked Away from Long Beach Reentry Program

LONG BEACH — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials tonight apprehended an offender who walked away from the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) facility in Long Beach on May 20, 2019.

Sammy Oquinn was taken into custody without incident at 8:45 p.m. in the downtown Los Angeles area by Special Service Unit and Los Angeles Fugitive Apprehension Team agents. He will be transported to California Institution for Men and his case will be referred to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office for consideration of escape charges.

Oquinn, 52, was received by CDCR from Los Angeles County in September 2018 with a three-year sentence for transporting/selling a controlled substance. He had been participating in the MCRP since mid-March, before leaving the program Monday evening without authorization.

The 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.

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