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

LOS ANGELES — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) special agents took Deondre Whitfield, 30, into custody today after he had walked away from the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) facility in Los Angeles on Friday, April 17.

On April 19 at about 7 p.m. special agents from CDCR’s Special Service Unit located Whitfield in Norwalk, and he was taken into custody without incident. His case will be referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney for consideration of escape charges.

Whitfield was admitted from Los Angeles County on June 22, 2015, to serve six years for first-degree burglary. He was transferred from CIM to the MCRP on Nov. 14, 2020, and was scheduled to be released to parole supervision in September 2020.

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.