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Offender Who Walked Away from a Los Angeles Reentry Program is Apprehended


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inmate Jaron Brown

LOS ANGELES — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) special agents took Jaron Brown, 35, into custody today after he had walked away from the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) facility in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 26.

On April 1 at about 4 p.m. special agents from CDCR’s Special Service Unit and Los Angeles Fugitive Apprehension Team located Brown in Watts. Brown tried to run away from the agents on foot. After a short foot pursuit, he complied with agents’ verbal instructions and was taken into custody without further incident. Brown is being transported to California Institution for Men. His case will be referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney for consideration of escape charges.

Brown was admitted from Los Angeles County on Oct. 2, 2019, to serve three years for possession of a firearm by a felon. He was transferred from Wasco State Prison to the MCRP on Feb. 11, 2020, and was scheduled to be released to post release community supervision in September.

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

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.